The Internet is Evil?

The Internet is Evil? May 3, 2019

One rather curious thing about the newest No Greater Joy Magazine is the large amount of letters to Michael Pearl there are in it. It is almost as if someone is trying to prove it’s business as usual in Tennessee. But the answers are not exactly making sense, and the topics are odd. No blain dramage here, no sirreebob!

Today’s post is a lady writing to Michael complaining that her husband is all laid back and wishy-washy, leaving all the child discipline in her hands. Because her husband will not back  her up her 11 and 14 year old children are constantly on their tablets, on Snapchat and other social media platforms.

You know where this is going, right? We all know Michael thinks the the internet is a free-floating sea of random dongs and vaginas seeking to corrupt innocent porn-free minds. According to Michael it’s all porn all the time. Funny, I’ve been online a lot yesterday without any porn popping up, but I’m not looking for it.

Firstly, I agree that it is a very destructive thing for children to have internet access and social media. Even the secularists are blowing that horn. But you will not achieve your goal by direct confrontation and defiance. You must find a way to change the heart of your husband. You can only change people around you by changing yourself. It takes a piece of flint opposing a piece of steel to ignite a fire. If you can’t change the nature of the steel, then stop being flint.
You said your husband gives over because he is weak, but why is he weak? And why does his weakness go in only one direction? Why does he yield to the kids and not to you? It seems he is strong where you are concerned. Why?

So we’re back to the old smile and obey, with that equally false claim that by doing so you’ll win him without a word. Seriously, has that ever happened? Is there anyone anywhere that can name people where this worked?

It allows Michael to blame the entire mess on the wife without looking at the why.

Michael blathers on about how disciplinarians are unpopular, unliked and friendless, saying that neither he or Debi is a disciplinarian. Lots of shade thrown about this bitter wife and what she can do to explain to her husband about the downright horrors of the internet. Then we get this.

We can never go back to days of blissful ignorance, but if we could, some homes would actually be happier and relationships would not deteriorate. If you could be a cheerful soul, enjoying your children and husband while they dawdle away their innocence on social media, you would have their heart and ear and be able to bear some influence in their lives as they are testing the waters of life and becoming adults.

Michael actually said earlier if one parent is lax and the other one a disciplinarian that it will lead to a bitter divorce. So tell me again how ignoring your thoughts and feelings to grin cheerfully while your family does the wrong thing is somehow better?

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Suzanne Titkemeyer went from a childhood in Louisiana to a life lived in the shadow of Washington D.C. For many years she worked in the field of social work, from national licensure to working hands on in a children's residential treatment center. Suzanne has been involved with helping the plights of women and children' in religious bondage. She is a ordained Stephen's Minister with many years of counseling experience. Now she's retired to be a full time beach bum in Tamarindo, Costa Rica with the monkeys and iguanas. She is also a thalassophile. She also left behind years in a Quiverfull church and loves to chronicle the worst abuses of that particular theology. She has been happily married to her best friend for the last 32 years. You can read more about the author here.

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