>The problem is, most parents don't seem to do that, at least not all the time. My parents tried to sometimes, but for the most part, it usually came down to "because I'm the parent", and it seems like a pretty universal thing from what I've seen of other families. A lot of people just don't bother because they assume their kids wouldn't understand or care anyway.
Yeah, that's unfortunate. I think possibly with everyone having such busy, fast paced lives, kids often get the "fast food" not just literally but in terms of responses to perfectly good questions. Because the parent is in a hurry to do something or go somewhere and doesn't feel like explaining.
>Why does everybody think kids are dumber than they really are? And why do they think that it's necessary or beneficial to withhold so much information from them? Kids can't know what sex is or what curse words are, because these things are "adult"?
It is rather bizarre. I don't know if there's scientific basis behind it, but I tend to think for most of us adults the brain dumbs down more and more from the moment we quit school, so kids are really the most intelligent.
It'd be preferable for kids to know about sex imo, so they know a little more about what predators would get up to and we could avoid the silly vague "did he touch you in a private place" stuff and communicate the issue clearly. Though we did get a sex ed lesson at around age 10, so I suppose that's fairly progressive - it might depend on country etc.
>Isn't the very fact that it's as abusable as it is something very wrong with the system, though?
Any system is abusable, don't you think? Is there such a thing as a completely fair system that no one will ever abuse in some way for their own benefit?
>Why does being born into a society make one obligated to be a part of it and contribute to it? At the very least, you should be able to opt out of the system if you want to. But you can't do that then, because that makes you dirty non-taxpaying unproductive NEET scum in pretty much every country.
It's because by being born into the society you're immediately benefiting from other people's efforts. I actually think it's fair - even if we were still nethanderals huddled in a little cave, if one guy is expected to do all the work, hunting food, skinning animals for clothing, etc while some of the others are just sat there with their feet up expecting to be fed, I think they'd probably end up kicked out of the cave.
How feasible really do you think it'd be to opt out of society completely? Meaning you no longer benefit from its existence and so have no obligation to do your part in its upkeep. Certainly you could forget ponies (product of capitalism) and the internet as those are society's things that people are working to keep going, so you'd have no right to access them. But also no housing, you'll have to find a cave. No supermarkets, hope you're good at hunting. If you get sick, no doctors or hospitals to come to your rescue - you opted out. People only lived until their 30s or so in those days, so you wouldn't be enjoying a particularly lengthy life either.
Yes, working for 40-50 years of your life, sucks. All the more reason I suppose to try and find a job that doesn't suck. But everyone else is in the same boat - we all have to do it because otherwise we wouldn't be enjoying houses, cars, hospitals, computers, etc. Someone has to do it. And what right do we have to say "well I don't want to work, someone else can do it", isn't that then us abusing the system, letting everyone else do everything for us?
>Everybody has to dress right and fit in and work and follow social norms.
There's an obligation to dress in certain ways, but I don't think anyone is being forced to fit in and follow social norms. It's just that obviously if someone does something different from what people expect, then people express that they weren't expecting it in different ways, some of them less friendly.
>If you're a guy, you work out, cut your hair and shave your beard.
I know quite a few bearded guys who might disagree ;P
No working out here either!
>If you're a girl, you wear makeup, shave your legs, and starve yourself to maintain a thin figure. Otherwise, you're ostracized.
I also know a lot of "chunkier" girls, and not to imply any causation but I notice they're often the nicest. No issue with it here!
>And god forbid you decide it's warm out and you don't need to wear clothes, because we've decided we have to be the only species that is offended at the sight of our own naked bodies.
Yeah that's too bad. At least we can get away with just underwear, kinda. Unfortunately, walking down the street with your tackle swinging around is a quick route to a cell. Though if there was an "opt out" system and you didn't set foot on "society's property" and were just naked in your own cave, maybe people wouldn't fuss so much!
>Does all of this really make sense to most people? Or do most people agree that it's bullshit but swallow it anyway, either because they assume no one else agrees with them or because they don't know what to do about it?
I think in the main it makes sense, because we live longer, healthier lives by working together as a society than by just all going it alone, and naturally if a group of pretty much any pack/social animal has only one or two doing all the work, they'll find it unfair and nudge the others in the group to help out, or just leave them behind. So it does make sense in my eyes, and we wouldn't be sat here on our computers, typing out words of English, if that society didn't exist, hadn't raised us, etc.
It does have its problems - the heavily ingrained necessity to wear clothing is one of many, but I think in general we do ok.