[extropy-chat] ethical issues with children
ben at goertzel.org
Sun Jan 21 12:15:56 UTC 2007
> I am 45 years senior to my son. The world changed so much in those 45 years
> that most of the values with which I was raised are now wildly
> inappropriate. For instance, I was told that the two most important things
> for a boy to learn are auto mechanics and self defense.
As I recall, the primary values my mother attempted to instill in me were:
-- be compassionate to others
-- warfare is bad [this was the Vietnam war era; I'm currently 40 yrs old]
-- creativity is good
-- dare to be different, and mistrust the consensus
These seem to have held up reasonably well over time.
As for working in odd jobs, which you mentioned: Yes, this was a
secondary value that my parents tried to instill in me, but that
didn't stick in my mind very well. I argued with them that I'd be
better off spending my time accumulating knowledge and skills than
working at menial tasks for low pay. However, I did work after school
delivering newspapers for a couple years until I saved $400 which (at
age 14) I used to purchase an Atari 400 computer. Then I stopped
delivering newspapers and started programming ;-) ...
-- Ben G
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