Saturday, July 9, 2016

Lying to Children

Several years back the public was subjected to what's become the most famous nipple slip, or "wardrobe malfunction", in the history of broadcast television when Justin Timberlake ripped a crucial piece from Janet Jackson's costume during the NFL Superbowl halftime show. Out tumbled the most vile and evil of all things to the media and conservative population, 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 may actually have breasts. 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 that we find such a joy to experience with them is under constant threat from television, film, music, news, and any other entertainment outlet. 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 and 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 because they're never allowed to view reality. Shows like "Kids say the darndest things" with Bill Cosby had a huge following of fawning adults who find this mental state endearing and lovable.

We tell them 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 tell them the truth, that their parents love them and enjoy giving them gifts, they prefer to maintain delusions that almost always end in heartbreak when the stories inevitably break down under any sort of scrutiny by their little minds.

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, they saw the look of horror on their parents' faces and immediately associated their own bodies as "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... all because the cute little doll 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, and everyone around them from their parents to their teachers were in on it.

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