Children depend on adults for everything.
They need guidance and permission to develop and thrive.
Permission is more than saying yes.
Permission validates the child through action and direction.
Permission must be encoded in our definition of what we mean when we refer to the sanctity of human life.
Life is more than an organic process.
Life is also an awakening of the mind.
Without full access to our minds we become slaves to the passions of the moment, and to the whims of toxic people and toxic ideas.
As a child in the anti-Semitic South I was told I had no right to be alive.
That message was repeated by my government during the AIDS Epidemic.
I had no right to the kind of life taken for granted by ‘normal’ people
and ‘good Capitalist Christians’.
This insight about permission is related to another recent insight.
I was not born crazy. I was made that way on purpose.
The truth of it pains me.
Children are only here because we bring them here.
Children expect the adults in their lives to protect them.
If we are going to bring children into the world, shouldn’t we give
them the permission they need to thrive?
I was a child that was instinctively inclined to use reason.
The beatings from my Mother and the neighbors divided
my person from my intellect.
I was brutally punished for being bright and never understood
So I internalized the message that being smart was bad and wondered why God had made such a terrible little boy.
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