When a Jehovah's Witness comes peddling a "better" fantasy that avoids Hell and provides a Paradise Solution to all life's problems---well, who wouldn't buy such a tale?"
Me. Imagine that. Brought up with Christmas and Santa and the whole shebang !! In fact, I was raised on a quest for the magical around us in books and movies and nature etc., with my own mother in the lead. We were encouraged to be creative and silly !! And she was a teacher. And with all of that she was teaching us to stretch our minds, not to prepare them for being vulnerable to that which isn't real. My brother and sister and I all seem to have grown up with a very good discernment between fiction and fact, reality and fantasy, in spite of what you would consider abusive rearing on her part.
We pour fiction into a child's mind and they develop the sweet taste of it.
Yes they do. But that doesn't mean that in order for that to be true that they discard the opposite. To believe so, IMO is truly black and white thinking at work.
Is it surprising that children are not only ignorant of HOW THINGS REALLY WORK-but, they don't have patience and an appetite for fact when they get to the schoolroom. This certainly affects how they will react when they meet a religious salesman out to land a convert!
Terry, do you have anything factual to base this bs on or is it just your opinion? Yes, it is surprising to me that children are ignorant of HOW THINGS REALLY WORK. Because in my experience this simply isn't true. Which children are you speaking of? Which ones "don't have patience and an appetite for fact when they get to the classroom"? What a bunch of malarky. I'm sure that if the only thing children were exposed to is fantasy and cartoons and Santa and they had no reality or facts in their lives, they'd be in the position you state here but otherwise you are totally off base.