Shortly after writing this, Nash visited an art gallery and saw two photographs that crystallized the meaning of the song: Diane Arbus' "Child with Toy Hand Grenade in Central Park
" and Arnold Newman's portrait of German industrialist Alfried Krupp
. The singer told the news website Truthdig
: "I put the 'Hand Grenade' photograph next to a picture of Krupp, who was the German arms magnate whose company was probably responsible for millions of deaths. It was an eerie photograph, a portrait, and the lighting is weird and his eyes are dark - a great image. And looking at them together I began to realize that what I'd just written ['Teach Your Children'] was actually true, that if we don't start teaching our children a better way of dealing with each other we're f--ked and humanity itself is in great danger."