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"Consider how the lilies grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you, not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these." Luke 12:27 (NIV)

Monday, November 1, 2010

Mind Tricks

Ordinarily the 31st of October is just another day in the year for us. Unlike Americans, that date holds little or no significance for most of us living down under. But yesterday we encountered a few trick-or-treaters at our door. Our 9 year old who has been properly trained, told our visitors that "we don't celebrate Hello-Wind" at our place. To be honest I'm more than a little uneasy with the adoption of Hello-Weird in my neck of the woods... not because it's American or Celtic or unAustralian etc etc... Or even because it's a dental nightmare. But because it's a symptom, in my opinion, of two separate social threads intertwining. First of all, it highlights society's superficial but unhealthy flirtation with the occult and secondly, it's part of that 21st century entertainment drive... that pervasive need to entertain and be entertained... We are compelled by forces inside and outside of our homes to find new ways to entertain our children as a matter of course. I'm inclined to see the gradual embrace of Hello-Weird outside of North America as a parenting issue as much as it is the consequence of successful brainwashing marketing worldwide.

In the civilized world, everyone is free to choose how they spend their free time and definitely how they parent their children. However, from time to time I am beset by fears that we are now suffering from so much media saturation that few of us spend time really thinking through these issues, allowing ourselves to be "tossed to and fro by the waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine".
Be afraid... very afraid...

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3 comments:

  1. I wasn't prepared for it. Phoebe opened the door to 2 ghostly looking figures. I politely said "no, thank you," and pulled P behind the closing door.

    One of my neighbours had children asking for money too!

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  2. The whole thing is terrifying and you have said it perfectly Lilian.

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  3. It's always great to get comments, especially on these hard topics. I feel like such a wet blanket.

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