Of course, this does not apply to all kids, but if there is a nice storytime in kindergarten, do you notice how silent nearly all the kids are, hanging onto every word the teacher utters? They are immersed in the story. In a way, they become the story and are in the story. But if you are in a room of adults in a meeting or lecture, you will notice most of the adults are not really there. They are just there because they have to be there because the company demands it.
Either they are texting their friends on their iphones, or they are busy thinking about tens of thousands of things that need to do in their daily bucket list: “After work, I have to get the bills done, I have to do my taxes, I have to pick up the kids, I have to take them to their piano lessons, what do I have to feed them, I have to get my nails done, I have to remember to fill the gas in my tank, I have to call my mother to greet her happy birthday…” The whirling of their minds doesn’t stop for even an instant. No wonder they are exhausted by the end of the day. Or they are thinking, “This is so boring, I wish I was watching a football game”, or “I must get revenge on that jerk coworker who stole my credit for my recent project”, or random thoughts on life like “I wish I had a better husband”. One of the great problems having such negative thoughts are because they recycle themselves for the following day.
The clear waters of their mind (from their childhood) have been poisoned by the time they reached adulthood. Their minds have become muddy and polluted. If you keep letting polluted thoughts into your river of the mind, what can you expect but a polluted river?