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Thread #59418 Message #2229069
Posted By: Little Hawk
05-Jan-08 - 12:19 PM
Thread Name: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
Wow, Janie! I'd have given my eye teeth as a young boy to have been taken to see the Constitution, the North Carolina, the submarine, etc....not to mention Medieval Times.
You have no need for concern about the young fellow's enthusiasm for war machines and stuff like that. AlL young boys feel that way, but it doesn't indicate by any means that they will grow up to be violent or to be drawn toward violence or war. I can attest to that.
I was simply fascinated by anything the had to do with war, derring-do of all kinds, when I was a boy...as were the other boys I knew...but I was not in the LEAST inclined to be violent in real life or to seek out danger in real life....strictly in fantasy life. I grew up to be someone very opposed to war, and my youthful interest in it had educated me about it enough to give me plenty of "ammunition" FOR opposing it.
So don't worry about Sum Yung Sun. It is natural for a 14 year old boy to be fascinated by warships and combat. Girls, on the other hand, almost always tend to focus on other matters, more on the social aspects of life...people relating to people, in other words. It's a very interesting phenomenon, and it's one of the great mysteries of human nature.
Present efforts by parents to utterly hide all "war" stuff from the sight of their male children is, in my view, utterly misguided. When you get to KNOW about war in detail you are much better equipped to later develop an adult state of mind that can intelligently reason out why war is a very, very bad idea.