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- On Fri, 22 May 2015, 3:39pm PDT
PRNDL, don't get me wrong. I think the concept of Christ's sacrifice is a salient difference from most other ancient storytelling. I regard it well on an aesthetic and emotional level. But in the hands of a young one, it is devalued, simplified, and stripped of its richer importance.
The death of Inkidu and Gilgamesh's sorrow of lost friendship is another deeply touching artifact of universal humanity. But reading is so much more than just a story.
- On Fri, 22 May 2015, 2:22pm PDT
I think the Bible is a difficult work for young minds. The stories themselves are okay as epic narrative, but the heavier philosophy, poetry, and metaphoric substance, coupled with the fact that many languages (via translation) and writers are involved instead of a single mind and single tongue, make it challenging even as an adult with great life experience. Also, separating the tangled morals from the literary aspects is problematic. I would not want my child to read the Bible for the simple reason that he would not grasp any of the substance and simply reduce it to "God hates fags and Jesus died for us".
- On Fri, 22 May 2015, 11:52am PDT
I was reading Dr. Seuss at age three, all of the Lewis Carrol fiction by age six, and 'Bleak House' by 10. I was reading Proust and Tolstoy by 12 or 13. As a result, I am fucked up beyond all repair and have a general distaste for most human society.
Early reading proficiency has a dark side.