Catching up on my webcomics, I came across this one. It’s an example of one of the reasons why I regularly peruse Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal; the cartoonist often draws stuff that says one thing on the first reading, and then the opposite on a deeper one.
In this case: the old guy gives a conceptual framework to the kid, who then uses to communicate with the other kids (who have been given similar frameworks, or at least recognizable ones). This communication allows all the kids to grow up with a unique perspective and framework for life, which he then uses to achieve his childhood dreams and succeed in the larger society. And then, at the end of his life, he makes sure that the next generation can do the same thing.
Isn’t that the goal?