People are Stupid: Exhibit 1
OK, here is a question.
Why are parents more concerned about their children using “bad language” or watching porn than about providing them a stable, safe and relatively affluent environment to grow up in?
Let us analyze the outcomes:
If kids use “bad language” or watch porn, what is the worst thing that can happen to them?
Answer- Nothing significant, as long as they are in a stable, secure and relatively affluent environment. Guess what, they can figure out what is appropriate and generally acceptable very quickly on their own.
Now, what happens to kids who have a “moral upbringing” but an insecure, unstable and deprived environment?
Answer- They become jaded hypocritical individuals incapable of thinking beyond the obvious, just like their parents.
It does not take a genius to figure this out, does it? So why are parents in many cultures so concerned about their kids “moral upbringing”, while ignoring opportunities and possibilities for improving their kids lives through real and tangible steps.
My hypothesis is that most parents see their kids as trophies for increasing their status amongst their peers. They are, by and large, not interested in their kids well-being. The emphasis is therefore on appearances and make-believe rather than reality.