Questions for Terry:
1) Do you have any children Terry?
2) Are they mechanisms?
3) What is their purpose?
4) If it would make them behave as Terry wants, would Terry circumscribe their free will?
I have seven children. They could be defined a number of different way "technically". Saying "mechanism" obviously is insulting to you. Pick the word choice you prefer. How about instead of "mechanism" I say the "whatever causes you to choose A instead of B"? Okay?
As a parent I know more about how the world works than young children can possible yet know.
The most difficult part of child-rearing is two parts:
1. Keeping the child's willfull behavior from placing them in harm's way until they develop a sense of comportment.
2. Instilling within the child a respect for their own ability to creat a life for themselves which will be a long and healthy one. That sense of purpose means demonstrating that positive behaviors lead to positive benefits and negative behaviors lead to destructive outcomes.
If children were already born with this kind of "good sense" child-rearing would be a fantastic experience!
Parenting really comes down to a kind of hopeful programming. Education is a kind of benevolent programming. It is all for the ultimate self-benefit of the child.
Letting a five year old play in the street allows them freedom of choice. But, it is hardly responsible parenting.
Allowing Adam and Eve to be alone with a lying demon is equally irresponsible.
Adam had no childhood learning with opportunity to correct errors through experience. He had no mother to teach and comfort him and encourage best behavior. Adam was a ready made "thing" we call somehow "perfect" without any experience in decision making. He was turned loose with programming instructions and only a rational mind with emotional connections attached.
And we wonder why sin entered the world??!!