I found it very interesting that just days after my 14 year old daughter and I had been discussing desensitization, the article by Prof Adam Habib was published about how we have become desensitized to corruption.
We were driving to the DVD shop to fetch a movie to watch while I iron and my daughter folds (I no longer have domestic help). My daughter commented that she should get a horror movie, or something more “adult” than what she normally watches, because her sensitivity to violence and bad language is hindering her socially. When she is at friends’ houses, and they want to watch a movie or TV program, she almost always finds it disturbing. I am aware of 10 year old who watch CSI and the likes, so by 14, anything goes.
So I spoke candidly about desensitization. If you have an allergy, during the desensitization process, the expose you to tiny amounts of the allergen, and eventually, it no longer has an adverse effect on you.
So we discussed various issues that we have become desensitized to. We spoke about crime, we spoke about sex, we spoke about corruption, but mostly, we spoke about how society has become desensitized to almost everything.
And this is how we all are, and it is called human nature.
When your children ask to do “more adult things”, explain to them about desensitization, be open and candid. In the end, my daughter chose Robot and Frank, a sweet story about a man with Alzheimer’s, and his robot “helper”.
I look at my daughter, and she is innocent, and a bit naïve (though the week of daily sex ed last term may have changed that a touch), but she still gets excited about little things, and appreciates them (well, mostly).
That is the advantage of not being desensitized, enjoying the little things in life.
Don’t think we are only desensitized to corruption, we have become desensitized to many things, good and bad.
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