Friday, November 06, 2009

Emperor's New Clothes

I remember reading the story of The Emperor's New Clothes to the kids about a year ago. They found it very difficult to understand. I even found it difficult to explain to them. Why would people not speak out about something obvious for fear of appearing ignorant?

The conclusion seems to be that this must be a learned behavior. I guess the author realized this, which is why it is ultimately a child who says something about the king's clothes.

Should we have a team of children review some of our policies as a nation? I can't imagine a group of children, for example, seeing any value in fighting an un-winnable war in Afghanistan because a small network of thugs lives there.


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