Here is today’s shocking truth for you. Some of you will know this consciously. Others will know it subconsciously. Some will deny it strenuously. View it how you may, it is a sad, truth.
Most parents, hell, most people in the world, and in particular in America do not really want to teach their children. They damn sure do not want other people’s children taught! They want them indoctrinated. They want them to be indoctrinated in very specific ways. In the same ways that they were.
I admit it. There was a period when I had to overcome it myself. My oldest son was around 3 when I realized it. I even verbalized it to his mother. I told her, “You know, it isn’t that we don’t want our kids to be indoctrinated. It’s just that we want them to be indoctrinated in the same beliefs that we hold dear.” It was the beginning of an internal dialogue that went on to break through that particular log jam in my own head. Fortunately, he was young enough, that I don’t think he suffered too much for it.
Anyway, that is the point, isn’t it? For most people, they never really look past the, I want my child to believe the same as I do. I have consistently taught my kids, to think for themselves. I have been writing this with the hopes of educating, and yes, convincing, you, but in each and every case, I have presented evidence and arguments, and asked that you think for yourselves. At no time would I ask that you simply take my word for it. Take what I say and verify it. Go do your own research. It’s out there.
When it comes to my children, beyond the basics of parental responsibility (chores, teaching modern hygiene, safety, etc), I expected them to think for themselves. Absolutely listen to me, but question it. Go out and research it. If you can show me where I am wrong, go ahead. Please do. I will admit it. I am okay with that. I would rather admit that I am wrong, learn from it and move on. In fact, I made it a point to let my kids see me admit I was wrong when I was. I thought it was a valuable lesson for them to see.
And, that is what is missing from many people, but in particular what is missing from the right wing as a rule. For example, despite the overwhelming mass of evidence over the last 40 years, not to mention all of the previous experiments with it, they continue to insist that supply side economics works. Despite all the collapsed sectors of the economy where they had to violate their own expressed principles and step in to prop up those sectors in order to not have them drag down the rest of their carefully constructed system of wealth redistribution, they continue to insist that this focus on moving more and more wealth in to the hands of fewer and fewer people works. In fact, they want to do so at a faster and faster pace. They continue to insist that not only should we not raise taxes, but that we need to cut spending. But, the only places that the far right wants to cut spending, of course, is on the backs of the poorest of our citizens, and on what’s left of the middle class. They want to cut the very programs that are most needed.
They also, of course, say that they want to cut the programs that actually pay for themselves. How ironic, no? (Again, this is why I have previously said that Conservatism is no longer a philosophy. It is a religion. It is no longer based on thought and reason, but rather on belief, superstition, and indoctrination. “accept a set of beliefs uncritically”)
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