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Old 09-13-2013, 06:25 AM
 
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For a child to grow into an adult with a sense of no worth or being destitute of value.
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Old 09-15-2013, 01:55 PM
 
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That you're bound by your culture and your past. Too many people are suffering and think they can't change because they see those around them and their ancestors struggle.
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Old 09-15-2013, 02:30 PM
 
Location: Northeastern US
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All people are born good.

Actually, I think some are born messed up and will stay messed up, sorry to say.
I grew up with the basic message that the world is a welcoming and coherent place and if you do your best and mean well, everything will be fine.

This is the meta-message within which the "all people are born good and deserve a default assumption of good intentions" meme is delivered to the brain.

I agree that a small but significant percentage of people are sociopathic, narcissistic, borderline, or some combination of those things -- possibly as much as 10%. These people didn't ask to be as they are but they nevertheless are dangerous and should not be given a default assumption of good intent. I wish I had understood that.

On the other hand ... my evangelical upbringing gave me a needlessly pessimistic view of humanity as a fallen race of hopeless losers who need saving. That left me less trusting of people who were worthy and deserving of my trust.

So, as usual, situation muddy to cloudy, forecast uncertain. I am both more and less optimistic about my fellow man now -- depending on what fellow man you are talking about.
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Old 09-15-2013, 06:18 PM
 
Location: Florida
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Here's one that falling from use pretty rapidly nowadays : " You should always respect authority figures"
I'm sure that idea comes from being taught to respect our elders, but truthfully, some of the elders in the world have forfeited their right to have respect by their heinous actions.
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Old 09-17-2013, 10:00 AM
 
Location: PA
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"Blood is thicker than water", or its corollary, "No one will love you as much as your mother". Tell that to all of the world's abused and neglected children.

"The good Lord will provide."

"He who dies with the most toys wins."
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Old 09-17-2013, 10:17 PM
 
Location: Florida
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I heard this a lot when I was a child. I was scared to death and quit going with my friends to Baptist church because they showed us little kids movies of people being thrown into a fiery pit with a pitchfork! Who would want to go to church knowing you were going to see that?

I agree about the working hard and getting ahead statement also. That's a joke!
How horrible. I know of other churches who show films to frighten people. I used to attend one that showed us all the millions of people in Asia who they said were headed for a "Christ-less Eternity" and then they would ask us to give money to missions. I think Billy Graham coined that phrase "Christ-less Eternity. The term is non-sensical since Eternity means without beginning or end and only God is Eternal.

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Old 09-19-2013, 08:21 PM
 
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That women should spend a considerable portion of their life's energy concerned about their beauty or lack thereof.
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Old 09-20-2013, 07:07 PM
 
Location: Florida
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For a child to grow into an adult with a sense of no worth or being destitute of value.
Yes, it is terribly harmful to teach a child that they are worthless. But there are parents who do just that. Tragic!
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Old 09-21-2013, 04:25 AM
 
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The belief that being a parent is a right and not a privilege.
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Old 09-21-2013, 10:58 AM
 
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The belief that one set of persons is superior to another set of persons based on appearance, origin, or religion.
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