My girlfriend and I have begun discussing how to raise children. One topic we immediately agreed on was to prevent them as far as humanly possible from interacting with undesirables. This means children from the underclass and welfare leeches, children of single mothers, and children of lefties, for starters. In earlier times, this was a lot easier. You could just look at a kid and base your judgment on how it spoke and how it was dressed. Nowadays, though, those indicators no longer work that reliably, presumably largely due to the wealth transfer from divorced fathers to their kids and an exuberant welfare state.
One case in point is the absurd trend among millennials to swallow detergents. This is the so-called “Tide Pod challenge“. Tide is a detergent brand in the US. “Pod” is simply a fancy name for “tab” and has the benefit that it can be trademarked. Millennials — yes, not all millennials — are known for being shallows, fickle, stupid, attention-seeking, and unable to think for themselves. Thus, it is probably no surprise that they would even go as far as swallowing detergents in an attempt to gain recognition among their equally stupid peers.
You would think that only the underclass would engage in such utter stupidity, but you would be wrong. Search online for videos on the Tide Pod challenge and you will find plenty of people who seem well-dressed. They certainly don’t look like they are lacking material comforts. However, what they seem to be clearly lacking is a shred of common sense, and also parental supervision. Here, look at this jackass who added some liquid detergent before swallowing a handful of a toxic substance:
Just think about everything that has to have gone wrong for a teenager to do this. First and foremost, they have not been taught the slightest bit of critical thinking. There are countless fads that target kids and it wasn’t until so long ago where parents would tell their kids, who wanted to make an argument by appeal to the majority — “everybody has gotten one” or “they are all doing that” — that if “everybody” wanted to jump off a cliff, they certainly wouldn’t want to do so. Thus, you teach a kid a bit of logical reasoning but also that the common herd is stupid and easily manipulated. Without that kind of parental guidance, however, your typical millennial just further uncritically engages in herd behavior.
Then there is the issue of a lack of elementary knowledge about the world if not common sense entirely. An issue with fads is that they are temporary. However, ingrained habits, if the kid has suitable role models, should be emulated. So, the kid sees their parents eat healthy, wholesome meals, and maybe have a snack every once in a while. They don’t see them snacking on detergents. Thus, they should conclude that it’s probably not a good idea to do so.
Of course you should also ask yourself where the adults in this picture are. If there was a stay-at-home mother in the picture, your stupid millennial wouldn’t even have the chance to disappear for a while to snack on detergents. (I would also say that if you’re a conscientious parent, you better ban social media from the lives of your kids and don’t buy them a smartphone either. They have more important things to do with their time.) Yet, if mommy is getting spit-roasted by Jamal and Tyrone and daddy’s role is reduced to paying alimony and child support, it’s no surprise that kids do stupid shit. There is a fitting proverb: the devil finds work for idle hands. It is normally used in a different context, but it applies here as well. If Karter and Evely are left to their own devices, they’ll just do some dumb shit.
By the way, Consumer Report put out a heart-warming video on the dangers of swallowing detergents, showing pictures of babies who ended up in an ICU — scroll down on this Zero Hedge article. I find this severely misguided. Frankly, the sane response to this is to take the kid away from the parents and jail them. If your toddler ends up crawling around the house unattended, you’ve seriously messed up. Those things don’t just happen. But good luck telling this to a single mom of the underclass. Her kid has barely made it out of her womb, but she has to do drugs and take it in the butt from Jerome again.
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