Psychologists have always told us that attitudes can influence
results. Two scientists decided to conduct an experiment to find out if
attitudes could affect seeds.
Two identical cans were taken. Into each was poured soil and
fertilizer of same quality and quantity, and 23 seeds were dropped
into each can. They were both placed in a greenhouse so that they
could have the same conditions of weather and temperature.
There was only one variable in the experiment, all other things
being the same. Everyday, the two scientists came to the
greenhouse, and standing before the first can, poured into it all the
negativism of which they were capable.
They said to the seeds, “You are good for nothing. Nothing is
ever going to come out of you, and even if something comes out, it is
not going to last,” and so on and so forth.
Then they came and stood in front of the second can and poured
into it all the positivism of which they were capable.
“You are so wonderful,” they said to the seeds, “and you are going to
show wonderful results. It will be a sight to see what is coming out of
you,” and so on and so forth.
This was repeated thrice a day for three weeks.
At the end of three weeks, the scientists found that while there came
forth only two or three shoots of grass, out of the first can, out of the
second can, there came forth whole strands of grass, so strong that
they could clutch it and lift up the entire can with its soil and fertiliser.
If this is what attitude can do to seeds, what can it not do to you and me,
and especially tender children?