Thursday, December 27, 2012

Overheard at the Homestead

So #1 walks into the kitchen last night and engages in the following conversation with me.

#1: Ya know Dad, there really isn't any Good guys or Bad guys.
Yours Truly: What do you mean?
#1: well, like in a war or any battle, each side thinks they are the good guys and the other side is the bad guys. They are both right depending which side you are on. So they are just guys fighting each other, not good or bad...
YT: So its kind of like when we call the team that is playing against the Yankees  the "bad guys" but they are good guys for fans of the other team and the Yankees are the "bad guys"? But really they are just two teams playing baseball.
#1: exactly...
YT: wow, that's pretty good reasoning. Where did you learn that?
#1: No where, I just figured it out on my own.

He leaves the kitchen and I turn to his mother:
YT: He's 10, right?


  1. Hmmm.... how do u explain the Nazi regime to him, or Lenin/Stalin/Communism or Pol Pot to him.... he may be too young to know that there IS Evil in the world and there ARE BAD GUYS out there. Good luck.

  2. Thank you for the comment. Let me clarify the post a little bit:

    At the age of 10 (4th grade) I didn't think it was an appropriate time to educate him of the atrocities that have been perpetrated by some the most evil beings ever to walk the face of the earth.

    I guess the point that I was trying to make (and it was poorly expressed) was I was more impressed with the fact that he was able to form the reasoning that there are several sides to every story/conflict. That depending on your point of view, the perception of bad/good guy varies. And that if you didn't have a dog in the fight, your perception may be neutral. Which I thought was rather advanced thinking for the average 10 year old...

  3. obviously not a parent...anyway... look to get him an age appropriate book on like logic puzzles or critical thinking puzzles..something age appropriate or challenging - something he has to use reason to solve...

    If he is a critical thinker and you realize this early on you can look to steer him toward those things for later in life...

  4. hey - idea... check out an xbox 360 game called portal 2... J4 got this game and it is very cool for reasoning puzzles.

    the overall is you must travel through a series of rooms form entrance to exit - but to get to each one you need to solve a series or challenges to cross the room, each room is a little harder then the last.

    they are 3 dimensional puzzles and are pretty challenging.. and you can play 2 player.

    I have played with james several times and find them to be from moderate to pretty frickin hard....

    I dont know what the rating is on it, but maybe you should check it out at gamestop. If you like it - get it and just hand it to him without any explanation and see if he takes to it and can beat it.

  5. Thanks, If I could put the Xbox to good use it would be welcome change...