Too put it simply, paradigms are the ways in which something is intepreted.
Today, paradigms are affected by a person’s surroundings, culture and experience. Therefore is is more than probable that white lies told by parents play a huge role in shaping paradigms, which shape our reason and perception. Just to give some example scenarios:
- Two people look at a vast, beautiful mountain. One sees evidence of a good God; the other sees a geological formation
- Two people are in downtown New York during rush hour. One feels an exciting buzz from the city, he other merely feels depressed
We often find that even within our school community, the though process of everyone is quite different. A large factor that affects our thoughts come from our growing experience, much of which is influenced by our parents. As a consequence, many of the white lies that our parents told us in the past will have affected our understanding of the world. A parent would have censored many things from the kid, in attempt to make the kid think in one way. As a result of this the kid may not do the things that society deems unnacceptable.
However, if his whole world artificially censored by lies, then he would see the world in a particular way. Those that argue against lying to children would say that lies affect children’s ability to see reality as it is, and understand the hardships and horrors of life.
Because children are less likely to question and more likely to take things as facts, perhaps the reason why parents lie to them is because they want to get certain key ideas into their children’s minds. This is the positive view of the lies. The reason for the negative views would be more about children adopting certain cultures and refusing to change their opinions.
Man’s mind, once stretched by a new idea, never regains its orginal dimentsions. – Oliver Wendell Holmes