Thanks for your forum on willpower, focusing on how to teach children adults' wisdom on right and wrong. I reject the premise that children are born wild into a world where their elders know better. I presume instead that children's primary role is to show us adults absurdities of prevailing wisdom in which we adults have learned to clothe ourselves, where cultural notions of right and wrong may bear renegotiation. I propose that our children are born with wisdom we adults have repressed and lost, and that it is our duty as their caretakers to laugh with them for the absurdities of the world into which we bear them, and to resist turning momentary limits we impose on one another for safety's sake into larger "therapeutic" moral lessons. Differentiating right from wrong is an unending intergenerational learning process.
Hal Pepinsky, email@example.com, pepinsky.blogspot.com, 519 Evergreen Circle, Worthington, OH 43085-3667, 1-614-885-6341