Role playing games use skill points, experience points, and such to level up playable characters, learning how to communicate is a lot like that. We learn how to interact with others based on what people know while we are children first. We can only learn by social behavior to begin with.
After that we can ask other questions. However, learning how to communicate beyond what we pick up subconsciously seems to be a little more difficult. Words have meaning. And these meanings can be altered or interpreted differently based on a number of different stimuli.
Body language, tone of voice, inflection, word choice, and actual comprehended definition of a word can all affect the perspective of others we communicate with. Most importantly of all of these things is the difference between observation and judgment.
The core idea behind this program is to explore the crazy idea of treating our children like human beings instead of obedient property. To understand this concept it is our goal to help shed light on how to the importance of teaching kids how to reason, peaceful parenting, attachment parenting, through the ideas of self ownership and nonaggression!
In this pilot episode we introduce ourselves, explain where we are coming from, and help guide you through the rabbit hole of wonder that is often fundamentally different from the idea of teaching authority and obedience but with the same goal of preparing our children to be more than order takers and order followers.
What makes the ‘revolutionary’ concepts of self-ownership, property rights, and nonaggression so important to teach our children? How could these ideas help you and your children?
How much of a difference will explaining the purpose of acting a specific way will make when talking to children? Employing reasoning with children, even if they are not quite able to understand everything all at once or even in the same day will help develop their cognitive abilities.
Telling your children ‘because I said so’ is like a precursor to hearing ‘obey because it’s the law’ when they are an adult. Context and clarity in communication and action is important to the development of critical thinking skills. These skills can be learned through as simple a task of self-responsibility as cutting one’s hair.
An underlying goal is to ensure that our children are prepared to step foot into a world where freedom of choice is the status quo, not freedom of pre-selection. Respecting the child in the moment will help them in the future by giving them the experience to understand the difference between demanded respect with undertones of coercion and voluntary respect to create trust, loyalty, and positive reputations.
Topics discussed: background, Stefan Molyneux, The Facts About Spanking, authoritarian parenting is exhausting, comfort with knives and fire, treating kids with respect, belief in authority, apologize to your kids if you have wronged them, child haircut stories, respect self ownership, understanding the consequences of decisions, not having all the answers, teaching independent thinking, ear piercing infants, circumcision, blaming one’s parents for their mistakes, rise of the digital age, 50 Real Differences Between Men and Women, college/university irrelevancy, Joel Salatin from Polyface Farm and more!
One of the greatest dangers of any thinking person is to supplant one’s deductive reasoning capabilities for the judgment of one in a position of authority. While I certainly do recognize that some are masters in their craft and should rightly be considered authority figures in their field, this is a far cry from abdicating one’s sense of morality and reason to another who would claim to rightfully dominate and subjugate.
People are imperfect and fallible. There is never sufficient reason to forsake your powers of reason. This would betray the very kernel of what it means to be a human being. This would be transform you into the shadow of a human being. Human beings are not built to blindly and unquestioningly obey orders. That is what machines were created for. A healthy skepticism for anyone who claims the moral right to rule is requisite for a just and civilized society.
What is the true cost of interjecting unwarranted coercion into peaceful acts?
That’s a huge question to answer. We break this down into smaller, yet still fairly big topics.
-The Broken Window Fallacy
-The Tragedy of the Commons
-How taxes coerce conformity in other aspects of life
-How tax funded regulations encourage poverty
The unintended consequences of taxation are nearly infinite. What doesn’t have to be is our nescient about them. By understanding what wealth, how it is created, and what its purpose is we can break down the idea of taxation and show the world what it really is:
A practice befitting a less civilized, intelligent, and courageous period of Humanity’s history.
It is quite easy to understand the reason for our own choices and preferences. It is far more difficult to empathize with another to discover and understand the reason for their choices and preferences. If we desire absolute freedom to live as we so wish without interference, we must desire absolute freedom for our brothers and sisters all over the world.
Peaceful people engage in decision making everyday based on complex criteria that only they can apprehend. We may have our provincial ideas about how others should live, but to endeavor to coercively impose our views onto them individually or via the guns of the State would be the very definition of slavery. That would make us the masters and them the slaves.
Most people are struggling in their own lives to discover how to live and what are the best choices to make. If we cannot know the optimal manner in which to live, to expect others to bend to our will about what is best for them would be the height of hubristic folly. The only logically consistent choice is absolute freedom for all without exception provided nobody is being aggressed upon. This is the essence of Free Market Capitalism and Voluntaryism.