The difficulty is not being an honest person with my six-year-old child. Rather, it's explaining to him why some parents don't do the same with their children. Point of reference: due to some sort of cultural absorption he casually believes in Santa Claus, even though my wife and I have never told him Santa exists, and nor have we ever done "the Santa thing" during Xmas. So, were he to ask me if Santa is real, I would have to say that I don't know. If he were to ask me if I believe in Santa (which, of course, is a much different question) I would have to say that I don't. Finally, were he to ask why the parents of his friends or cousins say Santa exists, I'd have no easy answer, or at least likely not one short sentence that would make adequate sense to him. Substitute any supernatural being for Santa and you can see where things get difficult here. Child psychologist Jean Piaget once said, "Intelligence is what you use when you don't know what to do." If Piaget is right about that, I should be plenty brilliant by the time my son is ten.
Tuesday, November 21, 2017
This patriarchal society of predators and violence is indeed failing, and so it should be replaced by sustainable honesty, compassion, love, and the open acceptance of diversity and bodily autonomy. No more brutality against children and women. No more bullying and groping. No more not listening. No more not caring. No more inequality. No more tolerance of homophobia, misogyny, sexism, ageism, gender policing, racism, circumcision, cruelty against non-human animals, and forced touch. No more silence at all the injustice. A male-dominated slow and quiet catastrophe of a civilization is finally ending with a polite but firm acknowledgement of its horrors because the hitherto voiceless have now found courage to start to speak. It's just the beginning.