Re: Rational nursery tales

From: Spike Jones (
Date: Fri Jan 21 2000 - 20:51:26 MST

> >[Spike is] acquainted with a bright child who had not, at the
> > age of 5, been introduced to the concept of death.
> Robert Bradbury wrote:Big mistake. I would say that being raised in a
> "sheltered environment"
> (middle class-America) is in a fairly direct way responsible for costing
> me amounts ranging from 6 to 7 figures.

Wow Robert! I didnt know you had *that* kinda money! {8^D

> If you want to be a bit harsher, don't hesitate to demonstrate
> that its dog-eat-dog as well.

I agree with you Robert. I didnt think it was a good idea to raise
the girls the way my friends did, but I had to go along, since I am
prochoice when it comes to other peoples kids. {8^D

My notion is that little children can accept death easier than older
ones can, especially if you go down the road of explaining that
every living thing is made up of jillions of tiny cells, so that when
one wretched beast devours another, the cells of the second
beast join up with the cells of the first.

Not terribly accurate, but maybe its the way to explain harsh
realities to kids. Then you can also bring in the safety angle:
"Be careful, we like your cells collected the way they are now..."

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