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The lies we tell our children

If you’re a parent or have been parented (so that’s all of us), I’d urge you to read Paul Graham’s essay on the lies we tell our kids. The idea that we end up as adults with a ‘truth debt’ is a nice way to picture the problem. That our views of the world are heavily influenced by our parents is not exactly news, but Graham makes his point from what to me is a different angle. It takes real effort to step outside of the circle that we are brought up in and it’s one of the reasons why the children of doctors become doctors, the children of engineers become engineers etc. Both as adults and as parents, by understanding what we’re doing, we can maintain the benefits whilst guarding against the downside.

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