World wars, civil wars, ethnic cleansings, witch hunts, inquisitions, crusades, the slave trade, final solutions, killing fields, extermination camps, genital mutilation, fatwas, and ground zeros… to name but a few.
The message should be delivered to our children loud and clear… with sufficient force to make them sick: THIS is what happens when you follow the crowd, do as you’re told, and don’t ask why.
And to those who argue that we should protect the wee ones from the ugly truth until they are mature enough to handle it, two thoughts come to mind:
To the disingenuous critics I say: Do you have as much “concern” for teaching them the vicious lie that they will burn in hell for eternity if they don’t as you say?
And to the ingenuous critics I say: Age appropriateness is indeed a fair question, but it’s not the only question. I am less worried about “How young is too young?” than about “How old is too late?”… too late to inoculate them from the death grip and horrors of institutionalized ignorance, authoritarianism, and conformity with the herd.