Enlightened But Deadly Playground

While on my cruise about the perimeter of the Maharishi University of Management campus it was difficult to ignore yet another example of the lack of pre-mentioned ‘Management’ and subsequent oversight.

The elementary youth of of the Maharishi School for the Age of Enlightenment were in a state of frolic during recess. This is hardly alarming aside from one particular factor.

It seems an equally youthful pine tree had been downed from perhaps a recent storm or wind gust. The tree, propped upon it’s neighboring brethren, formed an inclined plane (or cylinder) upon which the ecstatic — and innocent — children were playing. I returned later to capture further photos upon the resolution of recess to protect their privacy.

deadly pines on Maharishi School playground.
The partially collapsed pine in the playground of Maharishi School of the Age of Enlightenment on which elementary children played.
dangerous pines on Maharishi School playground
The partially collapsed pine in the playground of Maharishi School of the Age of Enlightenment on which elementary children played.

As my photos illustrate, the tree was supported by it’s weaker more flimsy upper branches which form it’s peak. But what do we suppose the total force of the tree, should it completely decline to earth, would bestow upon a child in the event they happen to be underneath at the time of such occurrence?

As force is equal to the tree’s mass multiplied by it’s acceleration; gravity at the rate of 32 feet (9.8 meters) per second squared; I can easily conclude that DEATH is a certain possibility. While it’s not the responsibility of the overseeing teachers — nor the children themselves — to remove this hazardous danger, I find both teachers and the underlying administration responsible for putting the children — the world’s future — at an unnecessary and alarming risk for injury at the least.

I’m not sure if this is part of an organic and all-natural approach to playground development, but at the end of the day it adds injury to insult. While the administration hides behind their Tu quoque excuses for negligence in their suggestions that attending the university is essentially “voluntary”, I move to strike that these youth hardly volunteered to attend Maharishi School for the Age of Enlightenment.

This injustice in juxtaposition to the university’s — and the movement-at-large’s — boasting of Dr. John Hagelan’s mastery of quantum physics is nearly laughable as the quantum superposition of all possibilities certainly does not exclude death by pine. While I’d like to entertain the notion that the Maharishi School’s faculty would be keen in their supervision of the elementary students, I hold my applause.

It’s this lack of common sense that breeds a dangerous environment of overall complacency perhaps rooted in the notion that some mysterious — fraudulent — force-field is protecting the movement’s proponents and progeny from certain destruction.

In the words of 30 Rock’s Jack Donaghy played by Alec Baldwin I say “Shut it down Lemon!”