Anvil: (n) a heavy steel or iron block with a flat top and concave sides, and typically a pointed end on which metals can be hammered and shaped.
I took a long moment to think this one through.
I like things that make me think because thinking is admitting that you don’t know and you aren’t afraid to learn if any information is actually available.
Here’s what I came up with:
You’ve got one big piece of metal in your hand in the shape of a hammer that’s hitting another piece of metal really hard to put it in shape, while a very sturdy piece of metal beneath it withstands the blows and remains firm so as not to inhibit the shaping of the object.
They’re all metal.
Some of them just have to be stronger than the others to sustain the pressure.
I know that appears to be too philosophical, but if you pause for a moment, it really isn’t. It’s just practical.
For a brief season, we have children who are brought into this world and must be molded, guided and shaped into human beings. I must warn you, they do not arrive human, but rather, as self-centered, egotistical, overly intelligent little monkeys who need to be removed from their jungle environment and taught the ways of true humanity.
There’s a lot of debate today on whether there’s some hitting and beating needed in that process.
Let us agree on the following four points:
1. There are moments in raising a child when you are well prepared to kill them, and if you got the right jury, who had also parented, you might get off for time served.
2. Since the sensation is common to us all, what sets us apart from those who end up damaging their children instead of helping them is what we might call “holy restraint.”
3. Holy restraint is not achieved without pursuing something holy. To do that means you need to invest your brain more than your brawn. The advantage we have over children is that they’re just not as smart as we are yet. And the second advantage is that we control the macaroni and cheese.
4. A child who learns is like a piece of steel that is squeezed between the hammer and the anvil. Since both of them are stronger, he or she will eventually find a reason to comply.
Now, I realize the analogy doesn’t work well because the hammer actually hits the steel against the anvil. But since our children are made of flesh and blood instead of iron and alloys, it might be a good idea to adjust the strength projected to the object addressed.
As flesh and blood, they need wisdom and guidance from people who know how to outsmart them.
Parenting is more about trickery than it ever is … about spanking.
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