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Consuming Kids: The Commercialization of Childhood

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Consuming Kids: The Commercialization of Childhood

Postby Ben » Thu Aug 13, 2009 11:16 am

Samsara is, indeed, full of horrors.

“No lists of things to be done. The day providential to itself. The hour. There is no later. This is later. All things of grace and beauty such that one holds them to one's heart have a common provenance in pain. Their birth in grief and ashes.”
- Cormac McCarthy, The Road

Learn this from the waters:
in mountain clefts and chasms,
loud gush the streamlets,
but great rivers flow silently.
- Sutta Nipata 3.725

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Re: Consuming Kids: The Commercialization of Childhood

Postby Mawkish1983 » Thu Aug 13, 2009 4:46 pm

Please excuse the following smiley reaction

:jawdrop:

EDIT: not that it's surprising, I think we've all seen this growing trend and I myself will readily admit that I, as an adult, strugle to dissolve that consumerist yearning... but I KNEW there was a reason I didn't like children's Disney films...

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Re: Consuming Kids: The Commercialization of Childhood

Postby genkaku » Thu Aug 13, 2009 5:56 pm

Ain't it awful? Ain't it terrible? Want to see me wring my hands in despair? Want to see me wax 'concerned?' Pass the white whine, please.

I'm good at all those things...I've got three kids.

But then there's the question of what anyone might do. Greed, anger and ignorance make people less happy. Often enough, others die on account of them. This is not just some beard-stroking, philosophical observation. It's a hard and observable fact. Stupidity doesn't work very well.

But there is nothing like walking into a brick wall a couple of times to suggest that walking into a brick wall doesn't work very well. For those in an 'adult' role, there is their own greed, anger and ignorance to address ... followed by the greed, anger and ignorance their children might learn to enjoy. Parents, if they're anything like me, would love for their children not to be as idiotic as they have been. Parents do their best to drive home their points ... only to find that their children discover other ways to express greed, anger and ignorance.

So what now? Give up and give in? No parent who likes or loves his children would do that. So they do the best they can ... and pray hard. And like as not, the awareness that parents show for their own greed, anger and ignorance will transmit itself ... not perfectly, but quietly. After that, the kids will have to walk into their own brick walls. Always have, always will is my guess.

Creating a social policy may be very good. No reason not to try if someone is inclined. But stupidity is wily stuff. You can't just give someone a de-stupid pill. You can point and hope and do your best. After that, experience kicks in.

Just some amorphous thoughts.
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Re: Consuming Kids: The Commercialization of Childhood

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Re: Consuming Kids: The Commercialization of Childhood

Postby Ben » Thu Aug 13, 2009 10:16 pm

“No lists of things to be done. The day providential to itself. The hour. There is no later. This is later. All things of grace and beauty such that one holds them to one's heart have a common provenance in pain. Their birth in grief and ashes.”
- Cormac McCarthy, The Road

Learn this from the waters:
in mountain clefts and chasms,
loud gush the streamlets,
but great rivers flow silently.
- Sutta Nipata 3.725

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Re: Consuming Kids: The Commercialization of Childhood

Postby spiritnoname » Fri Aug 14, 2009 12:20 am

:coffee: This is a very Buddhist issue and I'm sorry to say most kids are too stupid to realize how much undue suffering wanting useless junk brings.

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Re: Consuming Kids: The Commercialization of Childhood

Postby genkaku » Fri Aug 14, 2009 1:05 am

Smile just one smile




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Re: Consuming Kids: The Commercialization of Childhood

Postby Ben » Fri Aug 14, 2009 2:08 am

“No lists of things to be done. The day providential to itself. The hour. There is no later. This is later. All things of grace and beauty such that one holds them to one's heart have a common provenance in pain. Their birth in grief and ashes.”
- Cormac McCarthy, The Road

Learn this from the waters:
in mountain clefts and chasms,
loud gush the streamlets,
but great rivers flow silently.
- Sutta Nipata 3.725

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Re: Consuming Kids: The Commercialization of Childhood

Postby BlackBird » Fri Aug 14, 2009 5:06 am

Kid's aren't stupid. There are plenty of kids out there smarter than myself. I imagine there are children out there wiser than myself too, and when I find one - I'm sure as hell gonna pull up a chair and listen.

Age is a very relative truth.
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Re: Consuming Kids: The Commercialization of Childhood

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Re: Consuming Kids: The Commercialization of Childhood

Postby Ben » Fri Aug 14, 2009 10:11 am

Thank you Keith.
Like you, I had similar 'wonderings' when I was a child.
Metta

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“No lists of things to be done. The day providential to itself. The hour. There is no later. This is later. All things of grace and beauty such that one holds them to one's heart have a common provenance in pain. Their birth in grief and ashes.”
- Cormac McCarthy, The Road

Learn this from the waters:
in mountain clefts and chasms,
loud gush the streamlets,
but great rivers flow silently.
- Sutta Nipata 3.725

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Re: Consuming Kids: The Commercialization of Childhood

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Re: Consuming Kids: The Commercialization of Childhood

Postby spiritnoname » Mon Aug 24, 2009 1:27 am

Ben, you seem offended. :coffee:

I am offended too.

Both of us have something to work on.


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