Our real children are in real trouble.
Because in too many cases, adults, their parents, the people whose duty it is to protect them, are themselves children. Intellectually stunted, hysterical children.
That cannot bode well for actual, chronological children.
Children think they have more knowledge and expertise than actual experts.
Children see conspiracies in everything, including naptime and broccoli.
Children aren’t reasonable. They spew, spasm, and jerk reflexively. Of course they do. They’re children. That’s what children do.
Children don’t lose legitimately or graciously. They get “cheated.”
Children will deny what they saw. And then they’ll deny what YOU saw. Then they’ll deny what everybody saw.
Aside from just snarling, “Is not!” or “Is too!,” a child’s primary (only?) debate tactic is Whataboutism.
Children justify obvious personal and social irresponsibility in the name of their “freedom.”
Children go hysterical over nothing. Like, you know, masks.
Children see everything exclusively in terms of their personal convenience and preference at any given moment in time. Which will of course change in the next given moment in time.
Children find facts to be disagreeable, and not nearly as much fun as fantasy. Children are confident that facts are surmountable.
Children portray themselves as persecuted victims, even at a kiddie park.
Children frequently invent imaginary playmates, whom they then cite to justify their dishonesty and misdeeds.
Children will call others “children.” Children seldom have a thought that is not exclusively emotionally-driven.
Children will argue that untested, questionably produced, possibly contaminated ice cream and candy are nutritionally superior to green vegetables. Then they’ll get hysterical when confronted with the truth.
Gee, I keep coming back to this word, “hysterical.”
Children are children. And we love them. They’re children.
But our children are in real trouble. They are dependent on adult children.