Sunday, July 24, 2016

Lying to Children

Several years back, the public was subjected to what has become the most famous nipple slip, or "wardrobe malfunction," in the history of broadcast television. This occurred when Justin Timberlake ripped a crucial piece from Janet Jackson's costume during the NFL Superbowl halftime show. Immediately, out tumbled the most vile and evil of all things that the media and the conservative population could possibly have seen, human skin.

The excuse used to fine the network and keep cameras rolling on pundits for weeks after the nipple holocaust was the possibility that some children may have seen it and gotten the strange idea that women might actually have breasts. Oh, the horror! Imagine what would happen if children knew the truth about the world.

At the root of the issue, as is always the case with such events, is the "innocence" of children. That wide-eyed look, complete trust, and insatiable appetite for knowledge and exploration, which we find such a joy to experience with them, is under constant threat from television, film, music, news, and many other similar entertainment outlets. But where exactly does it come from? Adults actively shelter children from sex, violence, and even science, if it conflicts with the ideology they're pushing. Further, almost all regulations on the aforementioned industries are based, in part, on keeping racy material away from immature viewers.

These kids aren't naturally this fragile, however, as is evidenced throughout much of history. As much as parents don't want to admit it, they're keeping their children artificially "innocent" (ignorant) for their own amusement. The immaturity associated with being a child comes entirely from having no life experience. It's just cute to us how kids have no clue about the real world and say hilariously dumb things based on the ignorance they're left in, which is a direct result of never being allowed to view reality. Shows like "Kids Say the Darnedest Things," with Bill Cosby, had a huge following of fawning adults who find this mental state endearing and lovable.

We tell our children lies about the Tooth Fairy, Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny, and the Stork, and giggle at their amazement when you insist magic is, in fact, real and is embodied by various entities that all want to bring them presents, candy, and kid brothers and sisters. Rather than telling  them the truth, that their parents love them and enjoy giving them gifts, parents prefer to maintain these delusions that almost always end in heartbreak when the stories inevitably break down under any sort of logical scrutiny on the part of their children.

Should a child make any attempt at growing up at their own pace rather than the plodding pace laid out by their parents, they're severely reprimanded. Part of the reason so many adults today are so damaged sexually is because the first time they ever attempted to explore themselves, they saw the look of horror on their parents' faces and immediately associated their own bodies with words like "bad" and "dirty." They're made to look away when the bad people on TV are having sex, suffer nervous short responses if they ever ask about it, and quickly form a variety of opinions on the subject that all amount to "sex = a terrible thing that one should never investigate, see, or do." Add religion into the mix and the psychosis can become even more severe and all because the cute little doll that their parents have been dressing up and playing with is showing signs of actually being human.

It's no wonder that by the time they become teenagers, kids have a natural distrust of authority and crippling self-esteem issues. Ignorance isn't cute anymore and they've been living a lie, carefully crafted for them for over a decade. Worse, in their minds, is the fact that everyone around them, from their parents to their teachers, were in on it.

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