Sunday, November 06, 2005

Teach the children well

You must be careful when buying kid's books, as there are often strange morals attached to them. I don't mean if you read this book to your kids, they will grow up to be BDSM practictioners, just that the basic moral lessons are a bit off. We've been reading Gerald McBoing Boing by Dr. Seuss, in which poor Gerald is born without the ability to speak communicating only through cacaphonous sound. He is ridiculed, ostracized by peer and familiy only to land a lucrative deal with a radio station thanks to his odd skill. Once rich, everyone loves him. The moral, it's not OK to be different, unless that difference makes you wealthy so people who spurned you can mooch off of you. I know I'm reading too much into it, but I think these stories influence kids.

Then there is Blue Rabbit and the Runaway Wheel, in which the Rabbit accidently causes a series of mishaps. When confronted by the victims, he just hops on his bike and is off. Way to teach responsbility. People will say I take it too literally, but that is how kids take things, literally. Saying it is OK to fuck people over is a bad idea.

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