Thursday, January 21, 2010

Boys Will Be Boys

If little boys didn't have toy guns to play with, the next generation would never go to war --ISN'T THAT RIGHT?

Sally Thomas over at the wonderful blog, First Things, begs to differ.

What I think I have come to understand about boys is that a desire to commit violence is not the same thing as a desire to commit evil. It’s a mistake for parents to presume that a fascination with the idea of blowing something away is, in itself, a disgusting habit, like nose-picking, that can and should be eradicated. The problem is not that the boy’s hand itches for a sword. The problem lies in not telling him what they are for, that they are for something—the sword and the itch alike. If I had told my aggressive little son not, “Be gentle,” but, rather, “Protect your sister,” I might, I think, have had the right end of the stick.

Read it all.

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