How To Be a Parent: It’s OK to demand more. Featuring Socrates and Plato on twitter.

Abby Boid

Trying to look like an ancient greek. Need a beard?

There have been a few thoughts going on in my head. When you listen to these recordings of our children, you will hear the eldest talk a lot about presents. It’s a little uncomfortable hearing a small child being so aware of ‘stuff’. That’s got me thinking more about needs versus wants. There’s that feeling that if we just focused on what we needed rather than what we wanted, the world would be a happier place for all of us, including our children. I’m not sure sure about that.

I’ve also been thinking how many of us in the west have so much, even the poorest people in the UK arguably have more ‘stuff’ than those in less wealthy nations. And so this wealth is often used to utterly undermine arguments for wanting more for our children – we’ve got enough already. What are we moaning about?

I’ve put these two thoughts together and wondered what would have happened if Socrates had lived nowadays and Plato, as his student, hadn’t grasped the notion of fully exploring the questions put to him.

It’s a bit tenuous, I know. But this exercise has helped me form some of those thoughts I mentioned earlier. Hopefully, it will illustrate some point I am trying to make, and perhaps amuse you for a minute or so too.

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A twitter conversation between Socrates and Plato, assuming they had been born in modern times, and Plato couldn’t be arsed with all the questions

Socrates @nononothing: Went to Waitrose today. They’d run out of hummus. Arrggh
Plato @onform: #middleclassproblem

@nononothing: Nooooo. Pub doesn’t serve real ale. #carslbergtasteslikepiss
@onform: #middleclassproblem

@nononothing: Forgot to record Country file. FAIL.
@onform: #middleclassproblem

@nononothing: Country File replaced with #MiSWiF (Made-In-Somewhere-With-Farmers)
@onform: #ratingsproblem.
@nononothing: Ha.

@nonothing: library closed. Mrs misses rhyme time. Boo.
@onform: tell her to get a job. could afford to buy books then #scroungerproblem.

@nononothing: just lost job in city 4 being annoying bastard.
@onform: OMGOMGOMG Ps #middleclassproblem.
@nononothing: ???
@onform: OK #notjustmiddleclassproblem But still, just getta job!
@onform: PS #firstworldproblem

@nononothing: got a new fixed term contract at bank. Yey
@onform: CORPORATE SCUM

@nononothing: local A&E threatened with closure.
@onform: #firstworldproblem
@nononothing: Seriously Plato?
@onform: #firstworldmodernday problem at that.

@nononothing:never see kids – work such long hours. Sad face
@onform #middleclassmoaningbastardneverhappyproblem.

@nononothing: fixed term contract ended. Can’t play bills
@onform: #benefitsproblem
@nononothing: Oh fuck off Plato.
@onform: #irrationalproblem?

@nononothng: don’t feel well. No lemsip
@onform: #manfluproblem?

@nononothing: frothing at  mouth. Suspect hemlock poisoning
@onform: Shame they shut that A&E. LOL

@onform: Seriously, bummer. Any last requests?
@nononothing: A real ale and a hummus sandwich! YOU DICK HEAD.

@onform: Old acquaintance died today. I feel a bit sad now.
@themasses: FFS Plato #gotourownproblems #notourproblem #welikeourcave

This post is part of my NaNoWriMo Challeng

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For a far more lucid, considered, posts on the problems facing us at the moment, check out Paul Bernal’s Blog.

Here is an extract from his about page:

“I blog mostly on issues connected with privacy, human rights and the internet, but also occasional political stuff, child rights stuff – and even a few bits of personal stuff. And yes, it’s a real lion.”

6 thoughts on “How To Be a Parent: It’s OK to demand more. Featuring Socrates and Plato on twitter.

  1. barblane1984 says:

    This is so good! I love how you address a real problem – need vs. want – but do it in such a funny way! Just started following your blog, but I love it. Going to share this on my FB page. Think it is good reading for everyone.

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  2. authorbengarrido says:

    ” And so this wealth is often used to utterly undermine arguments for wanting more for our children – we’ve got enough already.”

    I wonder how much of this comes down to the seeming truism that while material wellbeing is not a zero sum game, status is.

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