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beautifully said, tbg...

but a good first step is better child rearing

this brings up something i wanted to share here for a while...has anyone here seen a show on bbc called 'little angels'?

i cannot say enough good about this show, it is sheer brilliance, should be mandatory viewing for every parent, heck for every human being!

i watch it religiously, and find it never short of riveting.

the premise is that a camera team observes and records a dysfunctional family in full tilt disaster mode. budding little hitlers trashing families left and right...we've all seen this, i'm sure.

enter stage left...a child psychologist who sits down with the parents and watches the previous week's footage alongside them, in their own living room.

frequently this reduces them to tears as they watch their ignorance acted out, seeing the ugliness that has become their daily narrative.

then the psychologist, with indefatigably sensitive and diplomatic tact, analyses the dynamics, concisely and with profound accuracy, suggesting the necessary modulations in their methods to achieve their goals.

and then the fun begins...

what happens then upon the screen, time period elapsing over two weeks or so, foreshortened into the program format, is nothing short of what used to called exorcism!!

i was raised with no successful strategies on my parents' part, so this show resonates very deeply, leaving me always with my heart expanding and cheeks wet, as i see how intelligent the psychologists are, how low-key and perceptive they are, and most of all what incredibly valuable work they are doing, with little fanfare.

the immense ignorance of human - and especially children's - psychology is leaving so many wrecked people, who then go on to be easily inveigled into voting for mean, evil rabblerousers, or smooth talking idiots, because they are so messed up they don't know any better.

if these psychologists were diffused throughout any and every space where children are educated, we would have the world we dream of in very few generations.

if you watched any horror movies featuring exorcism scenes, these are the real thing, and the effect is like watching a long deep thorn being removed from the heart of the family, one that would otherwise have festered and gone on to who knows what devilry and social dismemberment?

ot...larry king is interviewing eric clapton about his new autobiography, pretty cool...

'The history of public debt is full of irony. It rarely follows our ideas of order and justice.' Thomas Piketty

by melo (melometa4(at)gmail.com) on Sat Oct 20th, 2007 at 09:10:42 PM EST
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melo, you describe it so well, I barely recognize it!  

There´s a Spanish copy of that show (and one for teenagers) and it drives me straight up the wall that adults become parents with such absolute ignorance about such life basics.  I know I hated the strict, rigid upbringing I had, but parents now have gone to the other extreme with no rules, no expectations and ´no thinking´.

You have a great concept there:  Let´s raise the ´market´ and social value of psychologists above brokers, lawyers, economists...  The world would improve a lot.  

Our knowledge has surpassed our wisdom. -Charu Saxena.

by metavision on Sun Oct 21st, 2007 at 05:19:22 PM EST
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yup ignorance is drilled in early and often, so the stagnant loop goes on.

so glad you liked that show too, it holds the keys to so much of the human race's problems and solutions.

You have a great concept there:  Let´s raise the ´market´ and social value of psychologists above brokers, lawyers, economists...  The world would improve a lot.

you sure got that right!  


'The history of public debt is full of irony. It rarely follows our ideas of order and justice.' Thomas Piketty

by melo (melometa4(at)gmail.com) on Sun Oct 21st, 2007 at 07:44:00 PM EST
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