Friday, May 14, 2010

Grandma Knows

Have you seen the 8 & 9 year old girls dancing to Beyonce's "Single Ladies"? They are in a dance competition and they are amazing dancers. However, the costumes are skimpy, and modeled on the Moulin Rouge outfits. The moves mimic those of Beyonce in her music video and there is a lot of gyrating and grinding. Two of the parents were on Good Morning America this morning talking about how the video wasn't meant to be on the internet and how everyone is taking it out of context. One comment from the parents was that the girls were doing what they love to do, so there's nothing wrong with it. Another supporter had written that those condemning the dance or the outfits were wrong because, "The girls don't think they are doing anything wrong, so you are imposing your adult views on them."
That's what adults are supposed to do. Because we're supposed to be wiser, able to discern better, and just all round more mature. But again and again we see and hear of parents who don't feel they should impose themselves on their children. Of course, like with anything it can be taken too far. But that's not the problem I'm seeing.
I used to listen to Dr. Laura and she would say when a parent would call with a question, "Think about it - would your grandmother have to ask this question or would she know what was right?"
We question so much, that sometimes I feel we question things we should already know. Of course, upon the heels of knowing, comes the use of what we know. Or as Charles Spurgeon said:
Wisdom is the right use of knowledge. To know is not to be wise. Many men know a great deal, and are all the greater fools for it. There is no fool so great a fool as a knowing fool. But to know how to use knowledge is to have wisdom.
Adults are supposed to have wisdom and they are supposed to use it. When we don't, we are neglecting and failing our children. All children.

1 comment:

Lauren said...

By NOT saying anything to the girls, that parent is imposing her adult views on the children. By allowing the girls to act and dress that way, they are telling their girls it's alright to act sexually, and that it is alright to attract men by their explicit actions and suggestive moves.