Intolerance is a taught behavior that starts at a very young age. Generally it’s taught by people that intend to give their children some sort of upper hand at life by teaching them what’s wrong or stupid about everyone else’s stance that differs from theirs. Almost all parents are guilty of some form of this.
The problem is that most people (and thus most parents) are idiots. Sorry. That’s how I feel about it. We don’t even realize the damage we’re inflicting.
The impact of childhood psychological impact can’t be understated in my opinion. When the people that care for you and tend to all of your needs tell you something is true, you have little choice but to believe them. Children of a certain age haven’t been taught critical thinking skills yet. If you tell them the sky is blue because ancient flying monkeys with paint brushes painted it that color eons ago, THEY’RE GOING TO TO BELIEVE YOU.
Here’s our most recent example that’s making the rounds:
This can’t be argued away. It can’t be reasoned with. It can’t be shown a Power Point presentation. It’s brainwashing. They either have to learn understanding and/or truth from their parents, or they have to grow up and learn for themselves one day. Or they can grow up and remain willfully ignorant, which happens more than I would like to admit, but they’ve built entire organizations off that demographic [Fox News].
The children must be forgiven, for it’s obviously not their fault, but the parents and willfully ignorant adults are another story. I’m not even sure where to start when someone refuses to learn more. Any of this look familiar?
Be careful what you teach your children – they grow up to become voters.
Any of you had to fight (or still fighting) childhood brainwashing once you became an adult?