Honour Thy Ass

Of the Ten Commandments, one is about honouring thy father and mother, but there is none about making thy children feel loved. Why is this? Because the Ten Commandments were written by parents for their children to obey and not contrariwise. Had the Commandments been written by the ox and the ass, there would have been one about ‘honouring thy ox and thy ass and making them do no work, neither on the Sabbath nor on any other day’.

How often have we not heard adults complaining of a badly-behaving child, “He just wants attention”? No doubt what is often meant is that the child wants continual attention, which of course he cannot be given, for the good of all concerned. The expression is nevertheless suggestive; it implies that our first preference or default value is not to give a child any attention at all.

Posted on March 20, 2010 at 09:58 by Hugo Grinebiter · Permalink

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