But his master answered him, ‘You wicked and slothful servant! You knew that I reap where I have not sown and gather where I scattered no seed? Then you ought to have invested my money with the bankers, and at my coming I should have received what was my own with interest.The Church of Nice dictates that you never tell your child or another person that they were the servant who received 1 talent in the IQ department. Also, it is not "nice" to tell someone that they are acting the "fool" despite the fact that the word is used quite extensively in the Bible.
If you tell your wife that her ideas are "foolish" she can simply claim you are being emotional abusive because what you are saying is degrading. It doesn't matter if it's true or not. You just told a woman that she's being "foolish," you sexist pig.
What is the verse that Churchians love to point out when you say something that is "mean"?
Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away.
See!?? The Bible even says that Love is the most important thing. Therefore, if you have something mean to say, that isn't nice, then you shouldn't even say it. It doesn't matter if it's true! If you can't say something that is true in love, then it's a sin for you to say it at all.
That was painful to write.
That is how their minds work.
I'm too tired to try and argue with someone like this except to point to the Prophets, Jesus, and the authors of the New Testament. You can't begin to argue with someone what the Bible says when they are so ignorant.
It's likely that none of my children will be as intelligent as I am. It is possible that one of my children may have 2 standard deviations less IQ than me. In that case, if they are not brutally truthful and honest to themselves, they will find themselves in a lot of problems.
I suppose the discussion is moot, because I won't tolerate an unrepentant, foolish child past a certain age. They can go live with their mom and be fools together and lick each other's wounded pride every time they reveal themselves to be the fools that they are while living in denial.
In all likelihood, I will be providing the "wisest" advice. Primarily, it will be pointing toward Scripture.
Hopefully, by that time they will be familiar with the intellectual greats. As a shorthanded explanatory, I do find myself referring to Nassim Taleb's "Lindy Effect" and "Skin-in-the-Game" concepts, so that will definitely be on my children's reading list.
Vox Day's AlphaGamePlan will definitely be on their list as well. I think Vox Day will have a book by then, hopefully, in case the blog disappears before then.
My children are going to be Philosophically equipped by the time they turn 18. I'm still trying to catch up on the greats I have missed, even to this day. I'm jealous of them, actually.
I was raised by a Seattle, Public education system and by a non-intellectually curious father. I'm glad I went "radical" for Jesus early on, but I do wish I spent more time supplementing the lack of wisdom I had with the ancient wisdom. I didn't really have any wise people around me, but if I had the Greats to read, I wouldn't have had any excuses.
This is also one of the extra layer of difficulties when you are immigrants in a foreign land. All my grandparents were dead, except for one grandmother who couldn't speak English. My grand children will benefit through my mistake. So will my great-grand children even if I'm dead because they will have the family library I will be accumulating for their benefit.
It is likely I will write a book in the library that they all read instructing them on the general philosophy and benefits of accumulating the knowledge in the library. It may very well be an autobiography that explains how the various books benefited me in the situations I faced.
I would had very much rather read those intellectual greats rather than many of the stupid, books I had to read in high school like: The Wuthering Heights, The Great Gatsby, and I Know Why the Cage Bird Sings. Others were not so bad, like Fahrenheit 451, 1984, and Animal Farm.
But in general: Garbage Public Schools.
By the time I turned 18, I should had been as learned as Dante coming out of his confinement in the Count of Monte Cristo. My children certainly will.