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Please see my Community Profile! about Asperger's Syndrome!
What a lot of us don't realize about our own perspectives is that we take a lot for granted. We accept quite a lot of information without doing research. Many car seats don't even pass certain codes for safety. Read consumer reports. Look at how many signs there are up in the stores about recalls. We can strap our children into car seats that might very well hurt them more than help them if it came to a crash!
We must realize that it is from a privileged point of view that we look upon these pictures of those we label 'other'. We have so much. Along with our wealth and supposed education come our assumptions.
It's totally OK to have that frisson of fear when we see something we've been taught is dangerous. But what many have brought up is that this is a different culture. They don't have the options we have, cannot afford to have the even the illusion of safety attached to hundreds of dollars worth of plastic to wrap around their children.
Do you wear shoes in your house? In Church? That would seem ridiculously appalling to most asian cultures. Different values. Different country. Different. The exercise is to take a moment and step into another view point. That is ALSO your privilege.
The child playing with the knife . . . I just think that he will know that knives are just tools, and be safe with one for the rest of his life. And he will need that knife and use it more than my child will EVER have to even open a tiny multi-tool blade.
Let's not get too caught up in pure emotional responses. That is my request. Not 'AWESOME!' and not "HORRIBLE!". Enlightening.
Blissed out mama to 3 beautiful boys LIFE IS GOOD!