Wednesday, January 07, 2009

Challenging

You know what's harder than you might think?

Explaining to a kid why a talking carrot that says, "Property is theft, man" is funny to grownups.

"Well, different people have different ideas about...umm...how the world should be run. And some of those people think that most things shouldn't belong to one person, but should belong to everybody. So to those people, if something belongs to one person, it's like stealing it from everybody else."

...There's nothing like having inquisitive kids to show you precisely when your attention wandered, back in high school.

I guess there's always, "It's a carrot! With a goatee! And it's talking! In that voice!" But then you'd get, "What about the voice, Mommy?" followed by, "What's a hippie, Mommy?" and potentially, "What's 'high', Mommy?" And then you're pretty much back at, "Well, different people have different ideas about..."

I start a lot of explanations that way.

3 comments:

pidomon January 07, 2009 8:23 PM  

hence why i just borrow children from my sisters and friends. when questions like these come up I turn to the tried and true "Ask your mother" lol

The Cunning Runt January 07, 2009 9:26 PM  

"Well, different people have different ideas about..."

That's the Hallmark of a Hippie, the Paradigm of a Progressive, the Onus of an Open Mind.

And it's why "The Left" gets served, time after time - we accept the right-to-exist of opinions and perceptions which aren't our own.

Which makes arguing our position more difficult when we're talking to simpletons (aka "'Murikans,") but well worth it when we're talking to our Future Rulers, who deserve the time and effort necessary to pass on these values and ideas.

You're good, Jen, damned good. On behalf of children everywhere (including yours and mine,) I Thank You.

Bob January 07, 2009 9:30 PM  

What Ralph said. :)

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