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Breaking the Spell

(title shamelessly borrowed from Daniel C. Dennett’s book of the same name)

Brainwashed parents, brainwashed kids.
Abort the vortex: hit the skids!
Become the one who dares to find
How much tradition's tricked your mind.

Not by parents’ views alone,
By peers, as well, strange seeds were sown.
Beliefs took root, grew deep and real,
Yet may defraud; don’t go by feel.

When you’ve reexamined all,
Admit your knowledge still is small.
Instruct your children that they, too,
Might learn the most when doubting you.

Copyright © | Year Posted 2019

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Date: 1/11/2019 4:25:00 PM
Very clever and with some good advice too, Ed. Young minds are subject to many influences today. While my folks were right most of the time, they made mistakes sometimes. By encouraging research and education, we give young people a chance to form their own beliefs. Well done! Best wishes, Carolyn
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Date: 1/11/2019 11:41:00 PM
Thanks, Carolyn.