Thursday, April 23, 2009

Brownies with a meaningless difference

So i got a really, horribly, stupidly silly email forward a bit ago. It’s one i’ve seen before (several years ago—nearly a decade, if i recall correctly), and i’ve even heard this story related in some form or another a couple times in church, but it’s worth reprinting here so that i can point out the fatal flaw in the object lesson. My response follows the story.

(Oh—and it seems that the stupid-email-forward fairies are getting stricter with age. When i first saw this, it was about a movie with an R rating. Now PG–13 is apparently out. Go figure.)

Brownies With a Difference

Many parents are hard pressed to explain to their youth why some music, movies, books, and magazines are not acceptable material for them to bring into the home or to listen to or see.

One parent came up with an original idea that is hard to refute. The father listened to all the reasons his children gave for wanting to see a particular PG–13 movie. It had their favorite actors. Everyone else was seeing it. Even church members said it was great. It was only rated PG–13 because of the suggestion of sex—they never really showed it. The language was pretty good—the Lord's name was only used in vain three times in the whole movie.

The teens did admit there was a scene where a building and a bunch of people were blown up, but the violence was just the normal stuff. It wasn’t too bad. And, even if there were a few minor things, the special effects were fabulous and the plot was action packed.

However, even with all the justifications the teens made for the PG–13 rating, the father still wouldn't give in. He didn’t even give his children a satisfactory explanation for saying, “No.” He just said, “No!”

A little later on that evening the father asked his teens if they would like some brownies he had baked. He explained that he’d taken the family's favorite recipe and added a little something new. The children asked what it was.

The father calmly replied that he had added dog poop. However, he quickly assured them, it was only a little bit. All the other ingredients were gourmet quality and he had taken great care to bake the brownies at the precise temperature for the exact time. He was sure the brownies would be superb.

Even with their father’s promise that the brownies were of almost perfect quality, the teens would not take any. The father acted surprised. After all, it was only one small part that was causing them to be so stubborn. He was certain they would hardly notice it. Still the teens held firm and would not try the brownies.

The father then told his children how the movie they wanted to see was just like the brownies. Our minds are us into believing that just a little bit of evil won’t matter. But, the truth is even a little bit of poop makes the difference between a great treat and something disgusting and totally unacceptable.

The father went on to explain that even though the movie industry would have us believe that most of today’s movies are acceptable fare for adults and youth, they are not.

Now, when this father's children want to see something that is of questionable material, the father merely asks them if they would like some of his special brownies. That closes the subject.

The flaw? When presented with something like this, i’d probably be evil/​stubborn/​brazen (pick your favorite word) enough to have eaten the brownies. After all, the heat of baking would have killed any of the bacteria present, and it’d be like me to point out the flaws in such a hideously stupid object lesson…

1 comment:

Heather the Mama Duk said...

Yes, you would have eaten the brownies. That's probably why OUR parents never did anything like that because they knew you would. That's just nasty.

Last time I saw/heard that story, too, it was about rated R movies.