by Michael Pearl from No Greater Joy – The Selfishness of a Tender Heart
Editor’s note: Michael’s twisted misogyny only gets worse in this part. More mother-blaming and claiming that the child had evil tendencies. Mr. Pearl never comes out and says you should beat this child anywhere in the piece, but it’s implied later with the name ‘training’. I think we can safely assume every single time the word ‘training’ is mentioned in Pearl writing that it’s a code word for beating with a piece of plumbing line.
Would not a better solution be to have Johnny apologize for disturbing the ‘meditator’ (btw not a real legitimate word) and deal with child over the entire issue later at home away from everyone else. Why try to humiliate the child in front of others? How would you handle this?
Well, it was apparent that he had pleased Mama with his answer and relieved her of the pain. Mama knew Johnny was guilty, but something inside her wanted to protect her son at any cost; and the cost of making mama feel better is often very high. Johnny was taught how to be a successful liar and manipulator. He also learned that telling lies makes mama feel better. She would be angry if he told the truth, and it was obvious to him that she did not want the truth, so why be a fool and stick your head in a noose? They were accomplices in deception.
This mother had avoided facing her deception by a feeling that she was satisfying a deeper need to protect her little Johnny. But it was actually her own feelings she was protecting. Immediate good feelings overrode her better judgment. If she were allowed to make a clear choice apart from emotion, she would do what is best for her son. But like an alcoholic, she is addicted to her “tenderness.”
The verse that is the basis of the title of this newsletter is III John 4: “I have no greater joy than to hear that my children walk in truth.” Parents when you make it convenient for your children to be deceptive, you are leading them down paths of darkness. Bring your children to the light of truth. Value their honesty above all. I would take an honest scoundrel over a smooth, lying lover any day.
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