Since I’ve been off the last two days, today didn’t feel like Friday at all. Thank goodness I have the Friday Night Think Tank to help me get my bearings.
Who’s ready to join me for this week’s Philosophical Exercise? The Deep Thoughts are flowing, so come get in on the fun.
This week’s topic: FDR once said: “The only thing we have to fear is fear itself”. Clearly, he was wrong considering we also need to fear clowns, driving in snow, Zombies, The Robot Apocalypse, serial killers, and dates who won’t tell you how they really feel (just to name a few). What other famous quotes or inspirational sayings bother you because they are just flat out incorrect?
While FDR’s quote certainly gets under my toga, the one that bothers me the most is a saying I heard constantly from my Evil Step Mother:
“Children should be seen and not heard.”
Oh, that bothered the crap out of me when I was a young Modern Philosopher. That was her “polite” way of telling my sister and I to shut up, but I just saw it for the bitchy comment that it actually was.
Children are naturally curious. How are we supposed to learn if we don’t ask questions?
Children are also adorable. Who know what’s not adorable? Mimes. So why would anyone want to turn kids in mime children?
Mime children also need to be added to that list of fears, FDR.
I think that communication skills need to be developed right from the get go. If you tell children they should be seen, but not heard, you are retarding that progress. You are also pushing them towards a reclusive life, where they get lost in a world of social media and never come out of their rooms.
Of course, when they grow up, move into an apartment in your basement, and never want to speak to you, you will at least know what spurred such behavior.
I really hated that saying, and could never imagine repeating it to a child. It has been banned from The House on the Hill, and I will be quite pleased if I never hear it again.
So what about you, Modern Philosophers? Don’t be afraid to share. After all, the only thing you really ever have to fear is fear itself…