The Smallest Minority on earth is the individual. Those who deny individual rights cannot claim to be defenders of minorities. - Ayn Rand
"Sometimes I really think people ought to have to pass a proper exam before they're allowed to be parents. Not just the practical, I mean."
- Terry Pratchett, Thief of Time
I can't agree enough. My Dad was one of those great Dads. A Navy veteran of WWII, and a commercial fisherman, he taught me many things by example. I can only hope that I am 1/2 the father he was, and I will be all right.
I dunno. Once, I was witness to an "involved" parent who was just Doing It Wrong. A bunch of us were picnicking in a boulderish cliffy area near Huns-ville, Alabama, around 1971. We heard little-kid screams and sobbing, looked over there, and saw that some control freak Daddy was trying to teach his very small boy (seemed about 6yo) to abseil down a cliff by the sink-or-swim method, with added yelling and screaming. The kid was obviously afraid of heights, and, well, little. Y'know, if Dad had started him out on a 6-foot-high cliff, or something...
To this day, I am ashamed of myself for not intervening. I know we were all thinking the same, but waiting for some other of us to take action first.
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