Quick follow on to this post: Can You Win a Debate?
It hit Dan in the heart.
I appreciate you sharing this. My sister is filling my nieces and nephews with this crap and I wonder for their future. I try and plug in as best I can from 2000km away and hope with time reason will prevail.
“My sister is filling my nieces and nephews with this crap and I wonder for their future.”
Here’s the deal. Use what they do against them.
Back in the 70s even, they were smart enough to have lots of gatherings. For some reason, it wansn’t OK to promote Hollywood by just going to a movie. But, it was somehow OK to rent a VHS (this just came on line, early 80s) and watch it as a church group.
We were all so very submissive, then, and damn it, but I always wanted to be a good son and respect my parents and not cause them any crap.
It wasn’t like I was biding my time, but when I got on my own, other side of the country, stuff changed quickly for me.
Dan, you can never force it. Show them fun, freedom of thought, liberation. In gentle ways. Direct vitriol towards the adults.
This sets up a conflict that takes years to resolve, and you’ll have the kids.
I guarantee it. Be the clever devil in the midst.
Will report back in 10-15yrs.
Definitely hearts and minds with the kids. So hard to not strangle the parents with the “Why did god give daddy asthma?” questions.
I too was sent to church group pizza nights as a kid, I remember watching the Kevin Costner Robin Hood movie at just such a gathering. There is a church group for everything!
Your task, Dan, is to engage minds, allowing them to think for themselves.
Yea, a quip here and there can do wonders. The adults will ignore it. The kids will hear it.
Set yourself up, gently, as the guy who never does what they do. For those adults, the answer is always JESUS (either with a smile or forlorn look; it’s catch all because its the premise—JESUS can explain everything). It’s not love or hate Jesus. See, you can’t hate Jesus; the handicapped “thinking” is baked into the cake and it’s tantamount to saying you hate chocolate cake and what kid is going to listen then?
You have to be a clever little devil.
Don’t hate on Jesus to the kids. Their parents just love him to pieces—as much as the kids love Mother Goose, and Flying Unicorns that Fart Rainbows.
Be patient. The kids are far smarter and aware than the parents, ultimately. This is the way of proper evolution and the reason we sit here.
Everybody go an do subversively likewise.