reply to post by sonnny1
That is exactly right sonnny1.
The world does not pay people for the truth. The world kills people because of the truth.
That being said, as a previous poster mentioned, simply teach your children the truth from the very beginning. Teach them what it means to be honest
and you won't have to tell them all the details of how the world is wrong or lying. If you make a child honest, then they will discern what is truth
and what is a lie.
I think it is also to general of a description, the term "conspiracy theory". You see, there are many conspiracies that have been and are still
real. They are proven beyond the shadow of a doubt - they are not theories. Look at the world today and look at what is happening. A lot of what is
still referred to as "conspiracy theory" is simply truth.
However, there are theories which are NOT truth. Which is why the question, the title of the thread, is too general of a question to be answered
simply according to its wording.
Which is why we say simply teach children honesty, integrity, wisdom, patience, and love.
And one poster mentioned earlier that children do not understand the difference between truth and fantasy. While it is true that children have a
harder time discerning between reality and virtual reality, that is not to say that they have a harder time with truth and fiction.
I have made it clear to my 2 year old son for over a year that every cartoon he watches and the toys of the characters that he likes to play with are
all very fake. I took away his privilege to watch Elmo (which I hate anyway...) because he was overly excited about the character. I explained to
him that Elmo is a puppet - he is not real. People make him talk and make him dance and make his sounds. I have since discussed with him about many
characters. He is well aware that all of that stuff is fake. In fact, he had a phase before he turned 2 where he used to tell me before and after a
cartoon, "Daddy. That's fake. It's not real. It's just fake." As he shook his head and waved his hand at the television in a dismissing
manner... which made me laugh every time.
Your child's ability to distinguish between what is reality and what is virtual reality is up to you.
I have sense taught him, since he has watched old television shows and the news with us; I have told him on every account, especially the news, that
everything he will see on television is a story and is not real. He understands that there are things he might learn from the television that he can
apply, but that he should not believe any of it at all; and if he has a question, he needs to ask me or his mom.
And he does.
And he is only 2 1/2.
If my 2 year old can discern the difference between what is real and what is fake, any child can.
And as far as truth and lies, my 2 year old understands those better than most people at these forums; better than most people in the world; because
we have made it a mission to ensure that he understands completely the huge separation between the truth and a lie; even if the truth is made a lie by
the smallest detail, he can find that detail.
Your children as so much more brilliant than you might think. People say all the time, "Oh, but you're going to rob them of their childhood!" No.
I'm GIVING them their entire adulthood.
If you think that childhood is the only time we have to enjoy ourselves, then you're crazy. The reason why adults have so much stress today is
because they were raised to believe that childhood was this fantasy world and then they had to be thrown into the world of stress. But if you teach a
child from the beginning how to overcome these problems, then they learn to grow up and enjoy life responsibly and forever.
So if any of you have a debate with yourself concerning the joy of your child, be more concerned for their everlasting joy, not their extremely short
and limited childhood. For joy to a child is utter foolishness; what a child thinks is fun (when they have no direction), we lock adults up for the
People say all the time that they want to hide the world from their children so they can enjoy their lives and then they will throw them into the
world later. This is SO insane and I think unloving.
You should expose your child to the world immediately - and that does not necessarily mean to take them out into the world and throw them on their
diaper. It means that you should run your household similarly to how the world is going to treat your child so that they LEARN TO DEAL WITH IT.
God has one way; that way is true. But the world also has another and our children have to live in it still yet.
So when my son lies or steals or manipulates or does whatever he does, I make sure he has things taken away forever and his freedom is taken away;
just as the world would do, for in the world there is no forgiveness.