What would happen if an entire generation of girls were raised on Disney princess movies? And what about boys? What if they hit the investment peak of 10,000 hours in video games ahead of their 18th birthday?
Matt Walsh is a blogger who affects the moral imagination. After discovering that Nicholas Sparks is separating from his wife- yes, that Nicholas Sparks….the shaper of American romance ideals- Walsh blogged this:
We’ve got it all backwards, you see. I didn’t marry my wife because she’s The One, she’s The One because I married her. Until we were married, she was one, I was one, and we were both one of many. I didn’t marry The One, I married this one, and the two of us became one. I didn’t marry her because I was “meant to be with her,” I married her because that was my choice, and it was her choice, and the Sacrament of marriage is that choice. I married her because I love her — I chose to love her — and I chose to live the rest of my life in service to her. We were not following a script, we chose to write our own, and it’s a story that contains more love and happiness than any romantic fable ever conjured up by Hollywood.
From Disney princess themes to the recent run of Twilight, Hunger Games, Divergent and Fifty Shades of Crap, we better help our kids understand the difference between reality and the emotional pretend world. If not, they’ll continue to fall under the spell of:
….a love that does not exist….