I'm stealing your signature to answer your question...
Be careful, this could get dirty.
Great question, great post, BTW.
Do you lie to protect them until they are old enough to decide for themselves, and if so, how old is old enough? Do you gently explain them the truths
of the world as we believe it, and if you do are you implanting ideas that will shape their future and mold their minds?
I don't think lying is the right solution. Certain information can (and probably should be) withheld, due to issues of age and mental ability.
To answer the second question there, yes, we do implant ideas. However, kids will grow up and think on their own, eventually, if they're given half
a chance. As an example, racist parents produce kids who grow up to detest racists, about as often as they produce kids who grow up just like mom and
It falls to you to teach them HOW to think, in my opinion, and not WHAT to think.
I'm sure others will disagree with me, but I'm just not comfortable with the idea of programming a child like a VCR, to believe what I believe, to
want what I want..yaknow?
I would rather try to teach critical thinking skills, problem solving, and nurture the natural curiosity of children that so often gets beaten
I guess there's also the issue of morality. One could argue that teaching morality is no different than teaching conspiracy theories, but for me,
they're different. I wouldn't feel comfortable raising a child without instructing them in proper manners...
So maybe it's a matter of degrees, or I'm just a hypocrite. Dunno.
All kids know about Aliens, UFO's, and Ghosts, but how about 9/11 conspiracies?
What good is 'knowledge' of 9/11 going to do for a young child? More importantly, how do we know that what we know is really true? I've been
reading on the subject since it happened, I'm an adult, and while I definitely feel the official story is missing a lot, I don't feel confident
enough in my own understanding to feel comfortable imparting it as FACT.
I lived in Manhattan, I watched it happen, I very nearly lost a loved one to the second tower collapse, and I've read every bit of information that I
could get my hands on for the past 5+ years - and I don't feel confident in my understanding of the events.
It fills me with dread to think that someone whose knowledge of 9/11 is the grand sum of a 2 hour movie and a handful of internet articles written by
anonymous nutters could have the indecency to program their children with information that probably couldn't be more wrong. Yaknow? That's
Wouldn't it be better to make the child a partner in discovery, rather than fabricate a map from your own flawed understandings and force them to
adhere to it?
Please don't mistake this for an attack on you in any way, I think this topic is really very interesting and merits discussion. I'm not saying you
in particular are misled about one conspiracy topic or another, but let's face it, a lot of people are, and will continue to be well into the
I don't know how many people (if any!) completely understand the more complicated topics, of the sort discussed here, like 9/11, the war, global
politics and economics, things of that nature. When parents are overconfident in the truth of their own beliefs, I think they do a disservice to
Seems wiser, to me at least, to give the child all the tools you can, and let them dig up whatever interests them.
I'm sure religious people feel differently about this than I do, because they're comfortable believing something without evidence, or even logic.
But it doesn't work for me.
I could no more instill fear of an invisible bearded creator god in my child, than I could tell them Bush had a hand in 9/11. I doubt the former,
suspect the latter, but lack the confidence in either as TRUTH to make my belief their belief, if you get what I'm saying.
Parents have a lot of control, when it comes to how their children think and act. That's an awesome responsibility that shouldn't be taken
I really can't say this enough - wonderful idea for a thread. I hope it generates a good discussion.