Most of us are probably familiar with Godwin’s Law.
In essence, it is taken to mean that the first person to mention the Nazis or Hitler loses an argument or debate.
I would like to introduce Grandad’s Law.
The first person to mention “the children” in an attempt to sway public opinion has lost their case.
I am sick to the back fucking teeth of hearing about how we must protect “the children”.
Children in this day and age are the most protected, revered and molly-coddled of any previous generation. As a result of living in centrally heated, germ free homes they are also probably the most vulnerable to any disease or ailment that comes their way.
Modern kids know nothing about risk assessment. To them, anything is fine, because all dangers have been removed. They play in their cocooned area of risk-free environment safe in the knowledge that mumsy and dadsy have removed just about every conceivable danger. Their bodies know nothing of germs and infections because everything has been cleaned to within a millimetre of its life. On the other hand, their bodies are filled with a lethal cocktail of chemicals, from fire retardant sprays through to carpet cleaners and air fresheners. And they wonder why the likes of asthma is on the increase?
Those who wish to impose their personal gripes and fears on us are becoming masters at invoking “the children”, whether it concerns smoking, obesity, alcohol or whatever their favourite flavour of the month is. “The children” must never see a cigarette being smoked. “The children” must at all costs be prevented from eating sugar or fats. God forbid that “the children” should ever see a pint of ale or a glass of wine.
Childhood is a time of learning. Kids learn just about every trick to allow them to cope later in life. They are supposed to learn what’s safe and what’s dangerous through experience. How the hell can they learn if they are never exposed to those “risks” that they are later going to encounter in later years? After all, mumsy and dadsy aren’t always going to be there to protect them against all the dangers, both real and imaginary.
So the next person to squeal about protecting “the children” can go fuck themselves.
Not only are they doing the kids no favours but they are just using pseudo-emotional blackmail.
They have lost the argument.