There’s an island group in the magical waters of the North Channel simply called, “The Benjamin’s.”
When we arrive with a full complement of sailboats and students, our kids launch themselves into the translucent waters, swim ashore and begin running and island hopping. The exploration is extraordinary. And the gateway to it all is wonder.
Wonder. It’s the magnetic pull which draws kids into exploring, learning and education.
In his extraordinary article, Boys, Porn and Education, Sean Fitzpatrick says,
…pornography creates a barrier to wonder by numbing the sense of wonder. Without wonder, education is a crippled thing at best.
He goes on to discuss how one of our most sacred sources of wonder- our sexuality- is stripped away by voyeuristic desensitization to beauty:
Wonder is the beginning of wisdom, the very occasion of education, and pornography wounds the ability to wonder…it creates desensitization to beauty, robbing boys of their innocence through the elimination of the mysteries of the heart, severely impairing their ability to be awed or find pleasure in the beautiful…boys are finally lost to apathy in a world that fails to titillate.
…blasphemy of reality results in a loss of desire for reality.
You and I didn’t wake up today thinking, “wow, I sure hope I can read another article on porn.” But when something so fresh and different comes along, it helps us create the kind of environment in which our kids can thrive. The assignment here is simple:
What can I do to expose my kids to wonder?