dreadedcandiru2 (dreadedcandiru2) wrote,

How to turn a child into one of 'them'.

The fact that John is both confused and angered when asked to do things with his children that don't amuse him is a rather annoying symptom of his belief that he must be seen as an unapproachable and hostile authority figure in order to have any hope of standing against his children. Were he to display any hint that he is a human being capable of feeling anything other than implacable rage, the dumb bastard thinks that his children will never take him seriously again. The reason Elly is seen as weaker than he is is sadly because she shows lingering signs of awareness that her wanting her children to see her and John as being rock-solid walls of inflexible authority is going to come back and bite them in the ass one day. John, you see, is incapable of realizing that he has good kids being watched over by a lousy, punitive and moronic father who's so pathetically afraid of displaying signs of weakness that they've never seen him laugh.

The problem with obliviousness on that level is that their clear yearning for the day in which their children will spontaneously declare that they actually are spoiled, selfish children who sponge off their totally innocent parents because they're evil and love chaos is written all over their ugly, stupid faces. Since no child is ever going to admit this, they make the same horrible and inconvenient realization that most people do: that John and Elly are whiny little pissants who think that the world owes them a living because of the amazingly infantile reason that they have to endure the same nonsense as less exalted people. This tendency to whine about how awful life is because they have to give as well as to take tends to result in children who can't respect puny Pattersonian pinheads who set arbitary rules to further ignoble ends. Since John and Elly are too damned dimwitted to realize that treating children like enemies makes them enemies, I can't find it in me to sympathize with them.
Tags: child rearing disasters, elly on her cross, elly versus her family, john: little tin god or petty tyrant?

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