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1866 Excerpt: ...the idea that they could take care of themselves.
They did not teach them not to need to be taken care of. They would
not let them stand alone. They were afraid that if they put them on
their feet they would run away, and so they did not put them on
their feet. They were afraid that if they allowed them to use their
hands they would do mischief, and so they kept them tied. The
consequence was that when they were eighteen, or nineteen, or
twenty years of age, --just at that critical period when reaction
is most apt to come; just at that critical period when the child
passes from boyhood to manhood; just at that critical period when
the parent throws the child on his own responsibility, --the
consequence was that then these children did not know how to stand,
or walk, or take care of themselves, and they went to the devil And
people said, " That is what comes of Christian teaching. That is
the way the children of religious parents turn out." K On the other
hand, how was it in the other case, in which people seemed to
neglect their children entirely, and in which, notwithstanding
this, the children turned out well? The parents neglected the
children in some things, but in some things they conformed to God's
fundamental law of letting every man take care of himself to the
extent of his ability. The influence of the neglect was therefore
superficial. The parents were practising self-reliance, and the
children, gaining confidence from their example, practised it also.
The consequence was that the children, when the parents died, or
when they went out from under the parental roof, knew how to stand
on their own root, and were saved. Do not go back to monkish days,
and take on ascetic ideas of religion. If you will go back, go back
to the Jewish times, whe...
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