Saturday, March 25, 2006

A Couple of Quotes

Seen on a blackboard outside a business this morning: "Each generation is a fresh infestation of savages." -Harvey Allen From my pocket calendar: "Pretty much all the truth-telling done in the world is done by children." -anonymous Guess which one I think is a pile of ... diaper gleanings?


Blogger Jenorama said...

um, the children telling truth? do I get a prize? do I? do I? :)

3/25/2006 10:08:00 p.m.  
Blogger Granny said...

I'm with Jen on this one. Can we share the prize?

3/25/2006 10:23:00 p.m.  
Blogger MsSisyphus said...

Definitely Anonymous.

You know, I think that generally words lacking ownership tend to be a pile of pottyfiller.

3/25/2006 10:48:00 p.m.  
Blogger mo-wo said...

doan care I guess cause I am caught up on the fact that diaper gleanings is a brilliant attribution!

3/26/2006 01:33:00 a.m.  
Blogger aaron said...

I was thinking of taking a contrary position. But then I realized that this anonymous character probably created this quote as an adult, so by her/his own admission, you can't take what s/he says as truthful.

3/26/2006 08:38:00 p.m.  
Blogger chosha said...

Both are true. :)

3/27/2006 02:31:00 a.m.  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It doesn't matter, because when all said and done, theres a lot more said than done!

3/27/2006 08:02:00 a.m.  
Blogger LoryKC said...

I was going to argue too--until I read Aaron's comment. (Hmmmmm...)
Still, I don't see you as one comparing tiny tots to savages and I know you hear the truth in what they say!
So I'll be happy to equate "diaper gleanings" with Mr. Allen!

BTW--I try not to use the "s" word and am trying (though failing) to get my kids to stop using "poop" so I am hereby stealing your phrase and we will, from now on, use "diaper gleanings!"

3/27/2006 11:28:00 a.m.  
Blogger Mary P. said...

Jen, Granny, MsS: Yes, indeed. Prize? Ummm...the satisfaction of being on the same wave-length as moi???

MsS: "Pottyfiller". Love it! Just so long as you never confuse it with that other stuff, and start spackling...

mo-wo: You think? I was a little uncertain about it. Seemed a wee bit precious, so I'm reassured by your comment. Thank you!

Aaron, Chosa, Lory: Nope. Witness my wicked grin. Bwah-ha.

The Globe and Mail published a long and fascinating article two or three years back entitled "The Most Violent People on Earth". Know who they are? Toddlers. Dismayed by this?

Consider, if you will, the average two-year-old, and then imagine him/her six feet tall and 200 pounds. Is that not a frightening image? Why? Because toddlers are not yet civilized. They are creatures of emotion and impulse, far more likely to scream or hit when disappointed than consider and discuss - they are, in a word, savages.

As for the truth-telling done by children, well, yes and no. Prior to age three or so, a child tells the truth because they are so self-centered that they do not realise that someone can believe something they know to be false. So, "Did you take that cookie?" They'll answer honestly - because that's the only answer there is.

Small children also lack the social awareness to know when not to blurt out a bit of the truth that wouldn't be blurted by an adult. "That lady is very fat." "Why is your skin all crumpled up like that, grampa?" "My mommy says your new car is ugly."

However, by the time they're four or five or so, and have learned that a lie can screen them from consequences of an action? I think they're every bit as likely to consciously lie as an adult.

Anonymous: Oh, look! Another anonymous truism!

3/27/2006 12:54:00 p.m.  

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