I live pretty close to the border between the US and Canada. When we travel to Canada, we have to go through a border checkpoint. I even have a picture of the kids standing next to the marker stone at the border that we took the first time we crossed. But there is no fence there, and it is hard to tell where the exact “boundary line” might be based on a single marker standing out there. With more markers visible, the line becomes easier to identify or imagine.
But apparently, this very common sense concept doesn’t translate well for some people. A few days ago, I happened upon a story with the headline, “Parents Told: Avoid Morality in Sex Lessons.” A headline that dumb peaked my interest and I had to see what they were saying. The article itself attempted to show a balance of those who agree with the idea of educating people on “boundaries” without imposing any “markers” and those who recognized the folly of such a view. Then came the killer quote from a professed expert:
Linda Blair, a clinical psychologist, said educating older children and teenagers about sex had to be a process of negotiation. “We do not know what is right and wrong; right and wrong is relative, although your child does need clear guidelines,” she said.
It is statements like these that make me wonder if people like this listen to what they say or if they just say things and hope to look smart. How can you give any guidelines on anything when you refuse to accept the idea that there are any concrete standards of any kind? How can you have a boundary without any markers to define it in any way?