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flagamuffin  ·  2851 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Photo Essay: When a Kid's Bedroom Isn't a Room

So many stereotypes. Oddly, the thing that made me saddest was the hardline Jewish kid. He wants to be a rabbi. Are you surprised? Is anyone not a rabbi where he is growing up? Rather undermines my belief that humans have free will; you don't if you grow up in a place like that.

The girl who's been pregnant three times and is only 14 -- sad in a different way. She's had choices, even if mostly I'm sure they've been between 'bad' or 'worse'. She's lived, at least a bit.

Overall I found this link extremely troubling, and I really wish I hadn't found it at 4 a.m. right before I sleep.

Raxyn13  ·  2851 days ago  ·  link  ·  

I'm sure tons of kids don't want to grow up to be Rabbis. Not everyone can be, for one. I went to a Christian college for two years and the bible department was relatively small. Heck, most people were either in the nursing program or the business/IT school, and this is in Arkansas, pretty well set in the bible belt. I tried to Google search the exact numbers, but have you ever tried to search "Israel Occupation"? No help.

flagamuffin  ·  2851 days ago  ·  link  ·  

I was using some hyperbole, but your anecdotal evidence doesn't change the fact that growing up in a Haredi society isn't even close to growing up in the Bible Belt.

Take a step back from what I said, and look at the kid and his room. How many of those things are choices he has made?

Raxyn13  ·  2851 days ago  ·  link  ·  

Everyone is affect by the environment they were raised it. If someone's parents are atheists would you be as offended by the kid having posters of Darwin? I think your issue is that religion is involved, though what do I know.

flagamuffin  ·  2851 days ago  ·  link  ·  

I'll admit that religion tends to be the biggest offender when it comes to raising close-minded children with zero future, but no, there are other factors. What you're still missing is the extremity to which this kid is affected by his upbringing. In no other first-world country would you find this.

rozap  ·  2851 days ago  ·  link  ·  

While I (very, very strongly) suspect you're right, it would be interesting to see numbers.

Raxyn13  ·  2851 days ago  ·  link  ·  

Just because he wants to grow up to be a Rabbi? I know kids in America that want to be preachers. It's not that weird.

user-inactivated  ·  2851 days ago  ·  link  ·  

Don't have much more to say but... thanks for the interesting thoughts you put into your comments