The Uses of Enchantment | Quote 00571

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There is a widespread refusal to let children know that the source of much that goes wrong in life is due to our very own natures— the propensity of all men for acting aggressively, asocially, selfishly, out of anger and anxiety. Instead, we want our children to believe that, inherently, all men are good. But children know that they are not always good; and often, even when they are, they would prefer not to be. This contradicts what they are told by their parents, and therefore makes the child a monster in his own eyes.

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Bruno Bettelheim

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The Uses of Enchantment

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