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Friday, October 05, 2007

Who's wispering in your childs ear

During some recent research I came across these two quotes. I wanted to post them, but felt I should not do so as just quotes as I normally do, due to their sobering content. I post often about how we form beliefs and how those beliefs become behaviors. Recently I have been posting on the death of character in the United States. I have held the belief that we are misleading our younger generations.

"I have the greatest admiration for your propaganda. Propaganda in the West is carried out by experts who have had the best training in the world — in the field of advertizing — and have mastered the techniques with exceptional proficiency ... Yours are subtle and persuasive; ours are crude and obvious ... I think that the fundamental difference between our worlds, with respect to propaganda, is quite simple. You tend to believe yours ... and we tend to disbelieve ours." - Soviet correspondent based five years in the U.S. (http://www.fdrs.org/propaganda_quotes.html)

"If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it. The lie can be maintained only for such time as the State can shield the people from the political, economic and/or military consequences of the lie. It thus becomes vitally important for the State to use all of its powers to repress dissent, for the truth is the mortal enemy of the lie, and thus by extension, the truth is the greatest enemy of the State." - Joseph Goebbels, Nazi Propaganda Minister (http://www.fdrs.org/propaganda_quotes.html)

With that said, let me throw a few questions out for discussion. 1) What message/s are our children getting on a daily basis? 2) What will be the impact of a substantial difference in generational beliefs on our society? 3) Who is dictating moral right and wrong?


His Girl Friday said...

I think it's important for parents to teach their kids to test all things, question the message, question the source of the message, etc. It's a terrible thing not to be able to trust, but better to question than to trust blindly and be 'burned'.
The Nazi quote is spooky!

I do believe the media and pop culture can easily get a hold of a youngster's mind, so it's so important to have a good communication and relationship with your kids....and teach into messages that conflict with the moral values of your household.

Talking Bear said...

HGF, I would agree with you. I would add that it is important to teach HOW to question Apropriately. Good communication is extremely important and often not done at all.

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