From Children to Government
Let us teach our children what most every parent does already. Universally, I believe, we teach our children the following ethics:
1. Do not steal from others.
3. Do not physically threaten violence or violently attack any person or any person’s property.
4. Do not trespass upon or invade another’s property, what they own, or their body.
5. Only in defense of others who steal from you, invade your private property or body, or who use force against you can you use violence or force as self-defense.
We teach our children these basic ethical axioms and consider them their right as a person. Any parent who teaches the opposite of these ideas teaches the violation of an individual’s right to his or her own person and property. Our schools, even as they teach through indoctrination of conformist behaviors, teach these rules, except perhaps number five: the right to self-defense.
Where many kids fall into cognitive dissonance, as I did as a child, is when we realize that this is not true for or from our government. Any thinking child comes to realize that governments kill others in war: this breaks rules one through four.
No matter how we rationalize our wars, for a thinking child it is hypocrisy. It is inconsistent rule making. It is not fair, equitable, tolerant, or even environmentally safe. It is a contradiction and a phony set of rules.
Now, in 2019, let’s teach our children a fairer, more consistent, less hypocritical, and equitable use of these rules across the boards, including our government. Let’s show them what real fairness looks like. Let’s give them a world view that is consistent and whole, without the disturbing hypocrisy and contradictions that cause the cognitive dissonance.
Children will understand this path even if adults can’t. We can improve ourselves as adults by learning to be consistently true. We can grow by weeding out hypocrisy. We can teach our children what is hard for us and let them lead the way.
Once they become adults, the children can create ways of governing that do not break these axioms of individual rights. They will become more human and whole by living in a consistent society of rules.
They will be the ones to finally create a society that disallows the government to take (steal) money from their people, threaten their people with violence when they are not hurting anyone else’s body or property, and invade other people through warring.
Question: Who wouldn’t want this?
Answer: It seems almost all people.
People prefer governments making wars, stealing others property (taxes, fees, etc.), and threatening and using fatal violence if a person does not confirm to this hypocrisy. People allow governments to do what parents and educators say is ethically wrong and immoral if another person were to do the same thing. This double-standard is self-evident.
Children know this. They hide from it mostly. It’s not brought up in conversation by anyone. And the result maybe, perhaps, that they then rationalize their own hypocritical behavior. The cycle of violence continues.