Comment 38496

By schmadrian (registered) | Posted February 27, 2010 at 18:04:17

"It takes a city to raise a child, but it takes a parent to control that child."

No offense, but a) that quote is wrong (a 'village' isn't a 'city', so the connotation is way off), and b) the very notion that we're talking about 'controlling' children dooms the discussion from the get-go. Children aren't potential problems to be 'controlled'. Not wanting to get all mushy here, but they're gifts that we have the responsibility as parents (and as fellow villagers) to nurture, unformed people towards whose development we should all feel a commitment to contribute whatever we're capable of. (Yes, I'm speaking in very broad terms here.)

(As a side-note, just about all of the core issues currently being commented on at RTH are inextricably connected. Community...quality of living...transit...families...heritage...humanity. And I can't stress how important it is to understand and appreciate those connections. Because attempting to address one without respecting the others- Well, that's how major debacles come to be.)

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