Simi Valley Sophist

The Simi Valley Sophist ruminates on all manner of topics from the micro to the macro. SVS travels whatever path strikes his fancy. Encyclopedia Britannica: Sophist "Any of certain Greek lecturers, writers, and teachers in the 5th and 4th centuries BC, most of whom travelled about the Greek-speaking world giving instruction in a wide range of subjects in return ..."

Location: California, United States

Retired: 30years law enforcement-last 20 years Criminal Intelligence Detective.

Saturday, October 06, 2007

What Children Can Teach Us, Moral Morass Exhibit Seven

The words of children can underscore some of the insanity that comes with maturity. A child is born into this world without self-consciousness, and he must be taught to be ashamed of his nude body. That’s an unhealthy religious/cultural consequence of immense impact. It is the melding of nudity and sex as the former is stigmatized by the “sinfulness” of the latter.

Enclosed below are examples of child innocence culled from an e-mail circulating on the Internet about the cute things that children say.
A little boy got lost at the YMCA and found himself in the women's locker room. When he was spotted, the room burst into shrieks, with ladies grabbing towels and running for cover. The little boy watched in amazement and then asked, "What's the matter, haven't you ever seen a little boy before?"

More on Nudity.
I was driving with my three young children one warm summer evening when a woman in the convertible ahead of us stood up and waved. She was stark naked! As I was reeling from the shock, I heard my 5-year-old shout from the back seat, "Mom! That lady isn't wearing a seat belt!"

In the previous two examples, contrast the reactions of the adults: “shrieks,” “running,” “grabbing;” and “reeling from the shock,” to the reactions of the children. Too bad the silly responses of the adults portends all too well to the state of the adult world into which children must graduate.

It doesn’t take long to brainwash the little ones. The pictures in the Bible entrench the religious/cultural requirement to cover the genitals, therefore making them forbidden and eventually considered shameful. Consider this child’s response on the Bible.

A little boy opened the big family bible. He was fascinated as he fingered through the old pages. Suddenly, something fell out of the Bible. He picked up the object and looked at it. What he saw was an old leaf that had been pressed in between the pages. "Mama, look what I found," the boy called out. "What have you got there, dear?" With astonishment in the young boy's voice, he answered," I think it's Adam's underwear.

Comparing children and adults, there are times when childish is enviable.