Intelligent and decent parents don’t hit or “discipline” their children for disobeying authority. They don’t justify the system by spanking their children. They recognize hitting is assault, but they recognize much more. These parents understand the system is broken; they know they can’t expect their children to merely fall in line.
These parents want to raise strong children who think independently. They want their children to be leaders, not components in an instrument. They don’t want their children to simply fall in line and succumb to silly orders. The notion of being “well adjusted” and “fitting in” is malarkey. As Jiddu Krishnamurti said, “It’s no measure of health to be well adjusted to a profoundly sick society.”
Times are changing.
Many parents are learning about the limitations of the system. They are understanding the idea that forcing children to comply harms them; but the very idea of forcing them to comply also flies in the face of reason. Children want to be free to roam, learn, laugh, and live of their own volition. Trying to stuff them into a box of utter sameness is degrading and unnatural. In reality, children want to buck the status quo. It is part of their creative nature — part of their humanness.
What’s happened to most parents is their creative energy has been stifled or ablated, and that is why they resort to hitting their children. It’s also why they erroneously believe children must obey at every turn. Their own creative drive to cooperate with children for the purpose of creating leaders and thinkers has been destroyed.
For how can a parent who was taught to obey authority, do anything other than teach their children the same violent and disgusting parenting methodology?