There is something broken in the brain of humans. All humans, going back as far as we can tell. Call it being built on the frame of a great ape, or call it, if you’re inclined that way religiously, the result of the Fall. Or as a friend of mine puts it, “the Fall was worse than we thought.”
This particular flaw in reasoning is that children know best.
In the course of my degree, I read countless Medieval ballads in which the children at the breast spoke up and identified the true king. This kind of thought persuaded kings and church that the Children’s Crusade would have a peculiar power.
Our entire culture went mad-crazy for the young people in the sixties, something that also ties into the Romantics’ idea that the savage, untutored, and unsophisticated was naturally better.
Now, I could sort of understand that in the framework of a deeply religious culture, in which, because untutored and natural, children – like birds and the weather – could serve as voices of the gods or God.
I do not understand its persistence in the modern day and amid the atheistic left. And yet, it is omnipresent in everything, from their political views, to their propaganda, to their valuing of the mad and savage.
They went through a shooting, they do not have the life experience to know they’re being used, they fail to understand that new laws won’t solve anything and that the only way to keep any area safe is to be ready to defend yourself, but the left invest them with a sort of magical power because they’re victims and young.
Student survivors of the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School who are taking the fight for gun control to the state and national level don’t appreciate seeing their organizing efforts being labeled as a left-wing conspiracy.
“Their sorrow can very easily be hijacked by left-wing groups who have an agenda,” former Rep. Jack Kingston (R-Ga.) told CNN’s “New Day” on Tuesday, specifically naming billionaire and liberal activist George Soros.
“Do we really think 17-year-olds on their own are going to plan a nationwide rally?” the conservative activist continued.
Incensed students went on the air following Kingston’s remarks to defend their activism.
“I think it’s very despicable that he would even have the audacity to say that,” said student survivor Brandon Abzug. “Especially in the wake of a tragedy we really show who we truly are. Just because we’re young we can’t make a difference is not right.”
No, son, it means that because you’re young you don’t even know what kind of “difference” you can or should make. All you’ve heard all your life, and you think that “difference” is what is required.
You don’t even have any idea that gun control has been tried everywhere from Nazis to Communists, and it always ends the same way: in tyranny, increased crime and utter ruin.
But you, little boy, you’ve been told that making more laws against law abiding citizens having guns will make the entire difference.
And you’re upset that people call you a puppet?
Child, you don’t rise that high. You’re a poor concussed creature who’s been lied to so much in his life that he doesn’t even know that where there’s smoke there is fire and that no, a bunch of high school students aren’t organizing buses and arranging for demonstrations all over the country.
But more importantly, you don’t realize that you’re pursuing goals that you’re not sure about, and which you simply were told to pursue because the left thinks that if words come out of children’s mouths that magically makes them right.
You’re neither the first one nor, frankly, the last kid to want something stupid, or to think they have the solution for the world.
When I was thirteen, I thought the entire world could get along without internal combustion motors. You see, I’d been told that pollution was out of control and that we were running out of oil to boot. So I thought if we just gave up internal combustion motors, we could make everything non-polluted and we’d never run out of oil. I think I left out the part about the world running on unicorn farts. The first time someone asked me how long distance transportation would work, it was a revelation. And no one ever even asked me about foodstuffs often grown halfway across the world, or all the money that would be needed to make sure entire regions of the world didn’t starve, or how uncomfortable life would get and how fast, if you truly abolished the most reliable form of energy in the world.
But hey, I was thirteen. Even when you’re a voracious reader, study history, and people aren’t trying to blow too much smoke up your expectations, you really can’t avoid the Dunning Kruger. You can’t know what you don’t know until you’ve lived quite a lot more and experienced a lot more things good and bad and gained a feel for the fact that you’re not omnipotent and that the world is larger and more complex than you’ll ever comprehend.
Someday you’ll understand all that. At least you’ll understand that, if you ever break free of the indoctrination rammed down your throat by power-hungry people who use you to exploit the flaw in the human mind that tells us that children are always right.
And someday you’ll understand that those who dance in the blood of children and convince the survivors to push for measures that wouldn’t prevent this — but would give those despicable opportunists more power — are not your friends.
Till then, this is a dangerous world, and the adults are talking. Children should stay indoors, and learn how the world works.
Those who would “change” the world before knowing how things are organized and what works and what doesn’t are worse than children. They’re fools.
You’re spouting foolish things, and that’s all right. You’re young. But you must learn when you’re being used and learn not to be a fool if you ever want to be an adult.