Pink Floyd Interview / 21th April 1967
you can read this article here.
oh my god.
GONNA GO TO SLEEP NOW OKAY
Children should remain silent, and they are ‘good’ when they’re quiet, but ‘bad’ when they are not, because they are disturbing the adults and causing trouble. This attitude runs through the way people interact with children on every level, and yet, they seem surprised when it turns out that children have been struggling with serious medical problems, or they’ve been assaulted or abused.
The most common response is ‘well why didn’t the child say something?’ or ‘why didn’t the child talk to an adult?’ Adults constantly assure themselves that children know to go to a grownup when they are in trouble, and they even repeat that sentiment to children; you can always come to us, adults tell children, when you need help. Find a trusted adult, a teacher or a doctor or a police officer or a firefighter, and tell that adult what’s going on, and you’ll be helped, and everything will be all right.
The thing is that children do that, and the adults don’t listen. Every time a child tells an adult about something and nothing happens, that child learns that adults are liars, and that they don’t provide the promised help. Children hold up their end of the deal by reporting, sometimes at great personal risk, and they get no concrete action in return. Sometimes, the very adult people tell a child to ‘trust’ is the least reliable person; the teacher is friends with the priest who is molesting a student, the firefighter plays pool with the father who is beating a child, they don’t want to cause a scene.
Or children are accused of lying for attention because they accused the wrong person. They’re told they must be mistaken about what happened, unclear on the specifics, because there’s no way what they’re saying could be true, so and so isn’t that kind of person. A mother would never do that. He’s a respected member of the community! In their haste to close their ears to the child’s voice, adults make sure the child’s experience is utterly denied and debunked. Couldn’t be, can’t be, won’t be. The child knows not to say such things in the future, because no one is listening, because people will actively tell the child to be quiet.
Children are also told that they aren’t experiencing what they’re actually experiencing, or they’re being fussy about nothing. A child reports a pain in her leg after gym class, and she’s told to quit whining. Four months later, everyone is shocked when her metastatic bone cancer becomes unavoidably apparent. Had someone listened to her in the first place when she reported the original bone pain and said it felt different that usual, she would have been evaluated sooner. A child tells a teacher he has trouble seeing the blackboard, and the teacher dismisses it, so the child is never referred for glasses; the child struggles with math until high school, when someone finally acknowledges there’s a problem.
This attitude, that children shouldn’t be believed, puts the burden of proof on children, rather than assuming that there might be something to their statements. Some people seem to think that actually listening to children would result in a generation of hopelessly spoiled brats who know they can say anything for attention, but would that actually be the case? That assumption is rooted in the idea that children are not trustworthy, and cannot be respected. I’m having trouble understanding why adults should be viewed as inherently trustworthy and respectable, especially in light of the way we treat children.”
s.e.smith/meloukhia is a dear friend of mine, who is also made of everything that is amazing in the world.
People, read this and pay attention.
Lana del Rey just tries too fucking hard
A very messy depiction of my headcanon for Cecil’s radio booth
He is soul-merged with the radio station and can see all the reports, information, etc. that the station gets via hovering holograms shown by his third eye
His arm tattoos help him navigate through everything and above him is an overview of the town, pieced together using the information gathered through reports.
other languages are so seductive though. if we’re ever fricky fracking please just say something in another language if you know it. say something dirty in german. seduce me in french. summarize the basic plot of the wrath of khan in spanish. tell me your favorite recipe for cornbread in latin. i really do not care. anything.
Would you care for some refreshments?
oh that’s cool they made the bottles look melted into the gr-
THIS IS PROBABLY THE FUNNIEST CARD I’VE EVER PLAYED IN CARDS AGAINST HUMANITY
You know how you learn your parents are real people and then you kind of search for replacement parents so you can get what you need from someone else? I’ve got to stop doing that, because that dehumanizes the chosen, and then I let myself down. I need to give it up, and depend on people as people, or depend on myself. The concept of parents has dissolved, it’s time to give it up.
Oh, I actually asked the grocery store near my high school for an application. I want to work week nights, and like… I don’t know, I just… I need a job, and if the bus drops me off at regular school, I can walk if I need to, and work nights then do whatever homework I have. Honestly, right now, I don’t really care much about school, and I care more about living and school makes me miserable and I need to find other ways to feel useful, so driver’s license and job. Money and transportation.