Fairy Tales and Preparing Children for Life in the American Police State

I appreciate this post on Zero Hedge, as it explores what our broken culture does to our children, and it even makes some mention of fairy tales as the old ways of teaching children. If you are a parent, aunt, uncle, or grandparent troubled by what you see happening in America, I highly recommend picking up a copy of Bruno Bettelheim’s book, “The Uses of Enchantment,” which explores how specific fairy tales (the originals, not the Disney cotton candy and mind programming versions) provide tools for children to learn how to deal with adversity. By allowing children to read the scary tales and to recognize the Ancient Wisdom and skills embedded into the tales for safe keeping, we empower children to develop necessary skills and protections, which their rational and speech levels may not yet be capable of grasping.

This is a difficult post on Zero Hedge, but an important one, imho, since our children truly are our future. What kind of future are we leaving for them to navigate? What kind of tools and skills might we impart to them — now — so that they can become agents of change, instead of victims of it?

Zero Hedge ~ How Do you Prepare a Child for Life in the American Police State?

Submitted by John Whitehead via The Rutherford Institute,

“Fear isn’t so difficult to understand. After all, weren’t we all frightened as children? Nothing has changed since Little Red Riding Hood faced the big bad wolf. What frightens us today is exactly the same sort of thing that frightened us yesterday. It’s just a different wolf.” ~ Alfred Hitchcock

In an age dominated with news of school shootings, school lockdowns, police shootings of unarmed citizens (including children), SWAT team raids gone awry (leaving children devastated and damaged), reports of school resource officers tasering and shackling unruly students, and public schools undergoing lockdowns and active drills, I find myself wrestling with the question: how do you prepare a child for life in the American police state?

Every parent lives with a fear of the dangers that prey on young children: the predators who lurk at bus stops and playgrounds, the traffickers who make a living by selling young bodies, the peddlers who push drugs that ensnare and addict, the gangs that deal in violence and bullets, the drunk drivers, the school bullies, the madmen with guns, the diseases that can end a life before it’s truly begun, the cynicism of a modern age that can tarnish innocence, and the greed of a corporate age that makes its living by trading on young consumers.

It’s difficult enough raising a child in a world ravaged by war, disease, poverty and hate, but when you add the police state into the mix—with its battlefield mindset, weaponry, rigidity, surveillance, fascism, indoctrination, violence, etc.—it becomes near impossible to guard against the toxic stress of police shootings, SWAT team raids, students being tasered and shackled, lockdown drills, and a growing unease that some of the monsters of our age come dressed in government uniforms.

Children are taught from an early age that there are consequences for their actions.

Read the rest of this insightful article here.

9 responses to this post.

  1. “The uses of enchantment” … lovely. And yes on the perennial, ancient Wisdom embedded in stories to stir and strengthen both the cautionary-tale wisdom and to encourage, fortify and delight the spirit, too. The timeless tales seem to weave it all together. Thanks for sharing, Laura. xoxo Jamie

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  2. Posted by sky on October 16, 2015 at 4:01 pm

    I never thought I would have to teach my children what to do if a shooter appeared where they are. The world they are growing up and living in is so different from the one I grew up in. We currently live in a lovely quiet rural town which feels very tucked away and safe. And yet no where is “safe” today. Nowhere. This is the goal of all the constant negative news items: for no one to feel “safe”. For everyone to feel “helpless” and “powerless”.

    How we choose to respond to this overt campaign is important. Making kids and teens aware of how the media shapes their perceptions and “wants” is also very important. In the end, though, what helps most is a belief in something beyond the physical reality in which we live.

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  3. Posted by marieandtheappletree on October 17, 2015 at 12:47 am

    “Women who run with the wolves” another beautiful book ….

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  4. This article paralyzed my mind for a while, I had to put it down and take a few deep breaths to think about it. The nearest equivalent that I can think of is coming to terms with the idea of living in Japan in a major earthquake zone and how I rationalized that. I turned heavily to the Dalai Lama’s teachings for that. It’s important to teach kids how to find their presence in the moment, free of fear. That although the world has the potential to be chaotic and dangerous, that they can find peace by connecting with their immediate environment and making sound judgments about wether they are in any danger at that present point in time. Educating them to avoid mass-media and teaching how it creates imagined threats is vital. But also the unavoidable truth arises that it would also be necessary to teach them that they need to develop a very refined understanding of the kind of behaviors that could put them in greater danger when dealing with police as you would teach them to be aware of the dangers of wild predatory animals like grizzly bears.

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