ELI5: Explain Like I'm 5

allegory of the long spoons

Okay kiddo, let’s talk about something called the “Allegory of the Long Spoons.” It’s a story that teaches us an important lesson about how we treat each other.

You know how we use spoons to eat our food, right? Well, in this story, there are two groups of people who are each given a really long spoon. These spoons are so long that they can’t possibly use them to feed themselves.

One group of people is sent to a place where there is nothing to eat but delicious food. Sounds great, right? But here’s the catch: they have to use those long spoons to feed each other. They can’t feed themselves, so they have to work together to make sure everyone is fed.

The other group of people are sent to a place where there is also nothing to eat but delicious food. But when they try to use their long spoons to feed themselves, they can’t. They are too long to reach their own mouths. So they end up starving.

The lesson of the story is that when we focus only on ourselves and our own needs, we are like the second group of people. We might have everything we need, but we will still be unhappy and unfulfilled. But when we work together to help others, everyone benefits. We might not have everything we want, but we will be much happier and better off in the long run.

So remember, kiddo: be kind to others and help them out when you can. It might not benefit you directly, but it will make the world a better place for everyone.