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Related Q&A(s): 565

The Question (ID Number 560)...

    Have you ever thought of writing a children's book outlining ideas covered in Ishmael, The Story of B, and My Ishmael? As you've indicated in your writings, children are like sponges for information - why not start at an early age to make the largest impact? It's never too late or too early to save the world.

    ...and the response:

    Small children absorb the ideas and attitudes of their parents. If their parents subscribe to Mother's Culture's teachings--that the world was made for man, and man was made to conquer and rule it, and so on--then no mere book is going to persuade them that their parents are wrong. On the other hand, if their parents do NOT subscribe to Mother Culture's teachings, then books are not needed for this purpose. If the parents have new minds, then their children will too--automatically. What is needed is not books of ideas for children (they're not ready for ideas) but merely books that don't reinforce Mother Culture's teachings. (The Babar books, for example, very definitely reinforce Mother Culture's teachings.) A children's book of my own will appear in the next year or so, but it won't be a "teaching" book like Ishmael, The Story of B, and My Ishmael. It will just be a book that kids will enjoy (and that has no investment in Taker attitudes).

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