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I was shocked today, seeing my children
and their cousins playing a pretend 'war'
game in their garden. I was not shocked
that they were
shooting each other with a variety of cap
guns, but at the lack of respect showed
the conventions of warfare. For example,
there was a tendency to
not even grimace
with pain when shot but to just carry on
normal, and once I saw a child being shot
even after she had put her hands up in
surrender. What's needed is a Geneva
Convention to cover the special
circumstances of childrens' warfare, with
rules for goodies and baddies, special
rules if using caps, etc. Then, on seeing a
contravention of these rules, a
adult can swiftly convene a mini
International Court, with powers to
pudding privileges, etc.
Torture on TV
article about "24" [bungston, Aug 18 2007]
||Plugging someone surrendering seems fine to me, but this business of not showing pain has got to stop.
||Let us not forget the Geneva Convention of practical jokes - no chemicals.
||Baked in my house of 7 boys. Sometimes I tire of being secretary general.
||This is funny, but on another level deadly
serious. Right and wrong has got to start
||Give one to Bush. Better yet, have Laura read it to him.
||ya, then we can have a constitution for them that says they have to be just like grownup's the day there born. it's called pretend for a reason. i don't think there pretend war is about right and wrong but just about getting outside and playing with friends. there's nothing wrong with not showing pain at least I've never read it anywhere.
||Bang bang, F_R_O_G, you're dead. Lay down! Lay down, no fair!
||(why did I shoot you? here's a clue: "Are they there?" "Yes, they're there")
||This assumes all youths have signed up
the fake Geneva Convention. It's entirely
possible that most will not have, which
leave them free to act entirely for their
own interests. Presumably there's some
sort of correlation among the
economics of behaviour regarding: pre-
violent youths; violent youth gangs;
individual adults; families; corporations;
nations. The economic drivers and
systems may exhibit similarities, but
the ethics and allocation of identity and
self will probably be the difference
factor. I'm guessing. Also, I wonder if
there's a significant difference in the
way that different phases of youthiness
organise into groups of various sorts,
sizes and purposes, within different
societies such as hunter-gatherer;
nomadic; agricultural; industrial; post-
industrial feminised information
processor society. Etc.
||What ever happened to "All's fair in love and war" ?
||Kinda like the idea in terms of teaching kids something, but do we need to impose red-tape on their game play? - they'll encounter that soon enough.
||Is there a rule about someone being Switzerland and getting to plunder wealth and stolen artifacts? Don't recall anyone trying that in our childhood wargames, but it'd be funny to watch.
||Excellent - "Erm, so, are you a goodie or a
baddie?" - "Neither. I'm Switzerland. Just
leave your valuables with me while you