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Keeping an open mind (Non-technical)

Posted 01-23-2009 at 10:52 PM by rocket357
Updated 01-23-2009 at 11:05 PM by rocket357

In an earlier post, I told a story about finding out my wife was pregnant with our second child and converting my home office into a nursery. Here it is months later, and today we found out we're going to have a little boy.

Now, my wife and I are completely against "gender roles" as deemed appropriate by society. What's wrong with a man knowing how to cook, or a woman that knows how to handle a rifle? Nothing, IMHO, and enforcing such artificial constraints is not only harmful, it's abusive. Enforcing "roles" based on an individual's gender restricts that individual from fully exploring life. Enforcing such artificial limits based on a physical characteristic is no better than racism or tyranny.

So there's the theory, now on to reality. I can't help but think that there's so much I'd like to teach my son. Things that I also would like to teach my daughter, but the feeling behind it is different. It's not that I don't want to teach my daughter about science, and computers, and all of the things that as a child I was completely fascinated by (and, to this day, remain fascinated by), but I realized something today. Sure, I've talked the talk when it comes to rejecting gender roles...but can I walk the walk? It's always eye opening when you realize that reality and theory are not one in the same, but when it comes to your own beliefs and morals, it's exceptionally humbling.

I still have a lot to learn when it comes to parenting (hey, it takes more certifications and degrees to write code than it does to create a child...think about it), but in my ongoing fight against the dangers of "hive-mind" thinking, I've uncovered an area in my own mindset that needs work.

I would venture to say that nothing on planet earth is more powerful than suddenly realizing you're wrong and being determined to do something to correct it. Nothing has more power to change the world than being open minded to improving yourself.

I'll leave this post with a quote:
Originally Posted by Abraham Lincoln
The way for a young man to rise is to improve himself in every way he can, never suspecting that anybody wishes to hinder him.
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  1. Old Comment
    Originally Posted by Mr. Alex
    I have nothing to say to you on this one because if you really think it is so, it is beyond any possibility to explain it to you.
    Perhaps you should open your eyes to the fact that not everyone holds your beliefs true. But I *have* been making that point, so I suppose I should throw my hands up in the air and declare this exchange a complete waste of time as you've suggested.

    Unlike your rigid belief structure, I am not required to shove my beliefs down other's throats, so this will be my last update here.

    Post again as you see fit. You only embarrass yourself.
    Posted 11-16-2013 at 07:04 PM by rocket357 rocket357 is offline


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