The concept of the “good child”

Every family in the world, regardless of culture and race, have an analogous definition of its own “good child.” He sweeps the floors properly, cleans the dishes after dinner, washes his hands before eating, and always follows his parents instructions without question. The “good child” bypasses the distinct qualities that make childhood so hard for the parents: screams, fights, bruises, and mischief. They are the forefront of their parents’ parenting egos, the envies of those who have a “normal” mischievous child, and are generally less of a pain in the arse to deal with. Looking at the big picture, however, we realize the “good child,” when he grows up, is incompetent to thrive in the real world. He is used to receiving clear, simple instructions and he follows them. While helpful as a child, the ability to follow instructions doesn’t help them become successful later on.

The good child has learned to never question his parents’ instructions. What will he do once he grows up and becomes an adult? He never questions the actions of his government. What results, if the whole population is like him, is the collapse of our democracy into a dictatorship.


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