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Censorship for children?

Updated: Oct 10, 2023

Few will understand that process though most will know it. Asked if you should censor the reading of a child, I suggested that you should never do so. A child, let us assume it is "He" and that he is six years old. A fully formed mind and beginning to discover who he is. He will only understand what a six-year-old can. He is never going to understand thoughts beyond his years. As he grows older, he will understand more just as you and I do.
A good example is "Call of the Wild" by Jack London. As a child I thought it was a tale about a dog. As I grew older, I thought it was a story about cruelty and inhumanity and then in my mid-teens I realized it was a tale of evolution. Deep down inside "Buck" the wolf still existed just as the killer ape resides in the human (though we all try to suppress it with civilization) we yearn to be human, we place things in our patterns and thoughts, and it is all to keep civilization and dampen the killer ape that still lurks below the surface.
"Buck" is still the wolf his ancestors once were, though he looks vastly different. You and I are still the killer apes cast asunder by the thin veil of civilization. We must cling to that slender veneer. Be the humans we aspire to be.
That includes learning of our dark side even when children. For one day those children will need to face the world.
Igal S. Yes, I am. He will only understand what a six-year-old can. He is never going to understand thoughts beyond his years. As he grows older, he will understand more just as you and I did.



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