dreadedcandiru2 (dreadedcandiru2) wrote,

The final stage of platitude failure…

There's another problem I have with the Pattersons raising their children by quoting platitudes; that problem is that while they think they believe what they're saying, the way they live their lives shows their children that they do not. As an example, let's re-examine Elly's fatuous comment about how words shouldn't hurt Mike all that much; not only does Mike know that the words hurt, he can see for himself that John's off-hand comments make Elly miserable for days and days. He also sees that John's breezy commentary about how homework shouldn't be much of a struggle clashes with not only comments John makes about struggling for every mark he ever got but Carrie's thinly-veiled remarks about how his father needed to take his shoes off to count past twenty. This is not, of course, to say that he's stupid enough to call his parents out on being full of shit; the result of that is to be bullied into agreeing that two and two make forty-nine and a half. What we end up looking at is the end result of those horrible social-engineering films from the fifties that preached salvation through mindless conformism. Just as it was back when Mister and Missus America fretted by the light of the Red's rocket glare, so does Mike end up thinking that it's not only normal and good to be an entitled bully like his parents, he looks back on his miserable childhood of being patronized and absorbing verbal bullying as a golden age.

Tags: child rearing disasters, mikerobe: the universal infant

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