The Boy Teacher and the Father Student 7 (Always Question Authority)
And What Rock is Determined To be the Best?
Just a Song a Sang to All My Kids
Rules Are Not To Be Broken But Rather Changed
B: Hey dad why do we need to wait for the light to turn green even though I cannot see any cars coming?
F: Believe it or not that is complicated. Can you pay attention to a few things without telling me that I talk too much?
B: I will try dad. But not too long please.
F: Garret Morgan, please remember him as a hero. You know how you don’t even know what a race of humans are? To you everybody is just somebody. I ask you to tell me so I can identify them and you have no clue. Enough on that for now.
F: So Morgan developed those lights. More than 100 years ago. I really do not know how those early ones worked but you might even say they were the first computers using a binary code of sorts.
B: What is binary again?
F: Kid that will take us away from the lights. Just remind me to teach you some Morse code and Semafore. You will like it. Remind me of …---… that is dot dot dot, dash dash dash dot dot dot. When I was little a few of us knew it but our teachers did not. So we would pass notes using it.
Binary is using two combinations repetitively to create something more complicated. No more of that for now or you will drift off to sleep.
F: So the three lights were developed to make where two roads cross safer. I call that controlled traffic. You get that right?
B: Ok dad but please answer my question.
F: The red light at no traffic times is a stupid thing.
B: So why do they do it?
F: Back to Morgan, he made it so it was timed so that when there was no traffic it would just be a blinking yellow light to remind you to be extra careful at the intersection.
B: So we are still sitting here. Why did they change that?
F: Because bureaucrats now decide and they are not trying to do the best for us but rather for them.
B: I get it, now it is green let’s go.
F: yes but it is your job to do as you do and don’t just accept the way things are but question and make better. Thanks for reminding me to do the same. I am sometimes complacent.
I Like Where He Admits to Losing!
Authority is in All These Books
B: Dad how come they have bad words that you cannot use? If you cannot use them then why do we have them? If you give me a toy I get to use it.
F: Do you get to use a squirt master blaster in the house?
B: No. Oh now I see. You only get to use bad words when you are outside playing.
F: Why would you do that?
B: Because it is fun to break rules if you do not hurt anyone. Or get caught.
F: Two deals there buddy. Why do it? And when you get caught doing it expect extra punishment. We will talk more about it when you get caught and if you do it, you will get caught. Think of habits.
B: I get it, it is like walking and making a sound with your shoes that wears them out faster. If we do it a lot then we cannot stop.
B: Why do we say the Lord’s Prayer at home every morning and say the Pledge of Allegiance every morning at school? We just keep saying the same thing over and over again?
F: You may be right to question that but do you want to learn by heart another verse in the Bible and a new pledge?
B: No but I do them like a Zombie part of the time.
F: Remember that big word I used earlier “complacency”? That kind of means that you just do things without caring. But some days. We lose that caring. So we do those things without caring and that is better than not doing them at all.
B: Sometimes I just do stuff because people tell me to.
F: Me too.
A Time Of Why
F: Hey guy. I am really feeling like a Polish Sandwich with everything on it, from Wienerschnitzel. It has been over 2 months that we had “fast food”. Would you like a chili dog?
B: Mom is the boss of eating. Will she get mad?
F: Out of respect I will text her and ask.
B: That confuses me dad. What is the difference between obeying and respecting?
F: I don’t know, I never thought of that. Maybe I only obey those I respect.
B: I only obey you because I love you.
F: Cool. Thanks for that. But I do not want to obey Mrs. Webber next door. Maybe I do what she wants because she is 87 years old. You make me wonder why I obey you when we play a game and you know the rules but I do not.
Live in Love But Lower Yourself To Fight Against The Authority Of War
Love Is More Important Than Authority
Purity of Thought Is The Best Teacher
F: Would you like a medicine that helps you concentrate more?
B: Wait, there is medicine that will make me smarter?
F: In a way, yes.
B: Do you have one that will make me as fast as the Flash?
B: I don’t get it. Does the drug get smarter or do I?
F: Son that is too metaphysical for me.
B: I know that word. In space and thought instead of what is real. Will you do it with me like our salad every night?
B: So it would change me? Do you want me to change?
F: Doctors who we respect tell us it might be good for you. But you are right, I do not want to change you at all, unless you need glasses.
B: Hey dad what is pretty and ugly and pretty ugly? That does not makes any sense at all.
F: Where did you come up with that?
B: Jake at school was saying our teacher is pretty pretty.
F: Course she is, she has a good heart and loves you kids and that makes her pretty pretty.
B: But dad last year Mrs. S loved us too and she is not pretty.
F: Son, let me tell you that not everyone is smart or good looking. There are a lot of people that are smart and not good looking and a lot that are good looking but not smart.
B: Dad isn’t it bad to call someone ugly and fat or stupid?
F: Why would you want to say something mean like that?
B: I don’t know except that it is true.
F: There is a great phrase kid “beauty is in the heart of the beholder”. A lot of people say in the eye of the beholder. They would be wrong. What would happen if you were really ugly? Would I love you less or think you were ugly?
B: So because I love you, you are handsome?
F: Don’t ask me son. It has been many years since I saw an ugly person. Some that act ugly but not ugly.
B: Who makes the rules for like movies? I think they look funny.
F: Buddy thanks again. Sometimes I forget what beauty is. Maybe radiance is love, which is beautiful.