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Buster Gammons

Monday, May 22, 2017

Unfair To Children

The analogy is pervasive among his critics:  Donald Trump is like a child.  Making him the president was like making a 4-year-old the leader of the free world.

But the analogy is profoundly wrong, and it's unfair to children.

Four-year olds care deeply about the truth.
Four-year olds are insatiably curious.
Four-year olds can pay attention.
Four-year olds understand the difference between fantasy and reality.
Four-year olds have an understanding of their own minds and those of others.
Four-year olds are not egocentric or self-centered, and they care about how other people feel and think.
Four-year olds have a strong moral sense.
Four-year olds are sensitive to social norms and think that they and others should obey them.

We'd all be better off if Mr. Trump were more like that.

"Shut up!  My coloring book is the best!"

From a 5/21/17 NY Times op-ed by Alison Gopnik, 
psychology professor at UC Berkeley 

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