« on: January 22, 2010, 01:34:35 am »
Id appreciate a critique of this, to see in which ways it can be bettered
Dolto postulates that in medieval times, children ran around the village freely, but since the industrial revolution, there has been an ever increasing living under the conditions of cloisterment. Not that we have much choice about it, since in the cities, a wandering child is exposed to a multitude of strangers that may or may not have bad intentions.1
The modern child lives in constant abstraction from experience: he doesnt walk as a means of transportation, he gets transported from one cloister to another; it also seems to be a common feature in parenting to enunciate prohibitions “in the name of your own safety”, that, without an explanation, become an imperative that must be tested through experience. Test the imperative, and you shall be hurt or die.
So, if we dont “test” we wont be hurt; we sacrifice so many things in the name of security, which can range from liberty, possibilities, imagination or even desire itself (why not our civil rights while were at it!).
In an era where security is our top priority, there is so much potential wasted; security is stagnation, didnt “someone important” mention a certain metaphor about the comparison between standing still and walking? If you stand still in a fixated spot, you get a false sense of security that sooner or later will be dispelled, of course, if you walk theres the possibility that you might trip or fall into a ditch; there is both danger in stagnation and in dynamism, for that is the human condition.
Do you find it strange that we have an upcoming generation of thrill seekers, addicts, criminals and video gamers? It is so, because in their sad, security oriented lives, they need to instill risks in controlled situations and environments. Do you also find it strange how civil liberties are given away as freebies to anyone that gives a half assed terror discourse?
Thank yourself, your parents and the education you received, for making you a pussy that would sacrifice anything because of fear, for some fleeting sense of security. And never forget, that the next pandemic is right around the corner, and that there’s terrorists among us! Cheers!
1. Dolto, Francoise “La Cause des enfants”