We have our public high school students read, Lord of the Flies, by William Golding. Why? To help them see how horrible human nature can be? I find the book to be ridiculously violent, so I won’t allow my autistic son to read it, but I find the message, sadly, sound.
Fascinatingly enough, our public schools also tell our kids that they just need to look inside themselves to find all the strength and knowledge they need to make themselves and this world a better place. We teach them that, as a kindergartener, they know whether or not they are a boy or a girl, regardless of what their biology is saying. Ok, then why have them read, Lord of the Flies? Doesn’t that preach the exact opposite message? That kids don’t know the proper way to live?
On the one hand we say that research shows that children know who they are by age five. But on the other hand we say that no one should be considered responsible enough to make their own decisions about life until about 25, because the rational part of the brain isn’t fully formed until then (see University of Rochester Medical Center).
So which is it? Do you have everything inside of you or not? Do you need to be educated about how life works, or not?
I would propose that we don’t have everything inside of ourselves, unless we have God in us.
Mark 10:18b No one is good except God alone.
And I would also propose that we need to be taught.
Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.