June 27th, 2008 08:37 EST
Media Is the Masses: Ceremony of innocence is drowned
We are ruining our children. Just as we were ruined. How is it that, no matter parental efforts and wishes to protect our children`s innocence, we still manage to lose our innocence as we become so-called adults? Why do you think that happens?
Because most grown-ups are hypocrites and charlatans, not practicing what they preach. We tell our kids things like don`t cuss, don`t drink, don`t have sex, don`t fight, don`t lie.
And yet, somehow, end up integrating these behaviors anyway. Because all around them, in real life and in every entertainment medium, they witness the opposite.
Adults are telling children one thing, but doing another. Lacking the integrity and will to be proper role models for our children. By defiling them, we defile ourselves.
What lessons are we teaching them? Children are extremely impressionable and vulnerable to ideas. Think about the mindset-- the impression-- you are instilling when you tell them there is a Santa Claus, only to later reveal that you lied to them. With this seemingly innocuous act, you are working (however inadvertently) to erode their innocence.
We can learn much about how to live a liberated life by watching very young children, before they`ve been tarnished by foolish "adult" sensibilities and protocols. They could show us how to find and appreciate the wonder and joy of being alive... open ourselves up to experience life trustingly, adventurously and imaginatively.
Among the many things Christianity got wrong is the idea that we are born guilty.
On the contrary, we are initially innocent.
But we-- as adults and as a society-- steal innocence with our idiosyncratic routines.
Society is a medium, and so is the mind.
The mind of a child resembles a computer hard drive: garbage in= garbage out.
As blank slates, children rely on others to model and imprint their behavior. If something is presented to them, or perceived by them, as normal, then they will tend to assume that as normal and adopt that behavior.
Children are taught with various kinds of nonsense and misidentification. We program them with our religions, nationalism, racism, sexism, taboos, laws, rules, and preferences.
We thoughtlessly and selfishly contaminate and corrupt the pristine essence of these wonderful entities by passing on to them our own deficiencies. We perpetuate the preposterous and the profane.
For a sociological experiment or inquiry, I wonder what would happen if we isolated a large group of children from the influences of contemporary adults and society, and let them grow up unfettered by such negative behavior and beliefs imposed upon them. What kind of world would they create with their innocence intact... free to creatively and honestly explore and express?
Imagine living in a world not formatted with a "normality" of cussing, petty insecurities, religious and political dogma, sexual repression/obsession, guile, corporate greed, competition, distrust, cynicism, war and violence. Imagine them learning only virtue and valor. Imagine the magnificent adults we could become if we preserved our innocence.
That would make for an interesting sci-fi story.
Currently based in Houston Texas, Sean Stubblefield graduated Sam Houston State University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Television Production and media studies. A philosopher poet, Stubblefield has been writing non-fiction for 15 years, and has penned eight books to date. His first book, Paradox: A Journey Inside Out is available today at Amazon.com. Book two-- Afterword-- will soon be available. Go to www.myspace.com/exastral for more info.