Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Doomsday rhetoric scary to children.

I read a recent article talking about how kids are being bombarded with these messages from the likes of Harold (NostraDumbAss) Camping, and misinformation about 2012, so that it is becoming increasingly difficult for parents to calm their fears. Indeed, the target audience for fear based messages is often naive, relatively powerless children. It's a lot harder to scare adults, which might be why Jesus said, "unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven." (Mt 18:3). I wonder if he also makes Saint Peter wear a Mickey Mouse costume.

The article goes on to say "Kids of preschool age have a hard time determining reality from non-reality". I wish it was only kids. One sees the same phenomenon in religious fanatics. Perhaps this is a vain, Peter Pan Syndrome style effort to hold onto childhood forever. Camping apparently has managed to do it for 89 years.

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