Kids Who Pollute the Shadows

tiltawhirl.jpg N.D. Wilson on parenting:

“The world is rated R, and no one is checking IDs.  Do not try to make it G by imagining the shadows away.  Do not try to hide your children from the world forever, but do not pretend there is no danger.  Train them.  Give them sharp eyes and bellies full of laughter.  Make them dangerous.  Make them yeast, and when they’ve grown, they will pollute the shadows.” (Notes from the Tilt-A-Whirl, 157)

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6 thoughts on “Kids Who Pollute the Shadows”

  1. A great example of how Wilson is the king of analogies and metaphorical ideas.

    Now I bet some people’s mistaken reaction here would be to think that Wilson is saying that parents should not homeschool or do some of the other things “protective” parents tend to do… yet Wilson is a huge proponent of homeschooling and does so with his own kids. So it’s probably a good bet what he is saying is that while we shouldn’t be too protective of our children, we should make sure we aren’t throwing them to the lions too early either.

    “Do not pretend there is no danger.”

    This is an important thing to say, as so many today don’t discern the dangers in the world. As Wilson said this week on his blog, there are such things as good socialization and bad socialization. “Who wants kids who were socialized in the practical aspects of cocaine deals in study hall? Who wants the socialization that comes from condoms on bananas in sex ed class? Who wants the socialization of skanky wear to the prom? Who wants the socialization that trains children to be good little worker bees for the collectivist Hive? … But those counterfeits notwithstanding, there is such a thing as life in true community, understood in a biblical and God-honoring way. And it is not possible to learn how to live in community, embodying the life of the Trinity, without actually doing it with other people (who are unfortunately not just like you) present. It is not possible to learn how to lead apart from the challenge of living, studying, and learning among others who are kind of angular. On the flip side, it is not possible to learn how to follow or imitate in the right ways unless you are following people who sometimes miss calls, make mistakes, or sin.

  2. FYI, that blog post would actually be Douglas Wilson. N.D. is his son. And while Doug Wilson is supportive of Christian schooling of many sorts (homeschooling included), he actually started a classical Christian school in his hometown and has helped the growth of schools (as well as resources for homeschoolers) worldwide.

      1. Yeah, I’ve seen that other blog before but never looked at the “About” page. Just thought Doug Wilson was a really busy blogger and writer, along with his pastor job.

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