Jul 10, 2014

The Independence Day Story I told My Kids

Once upon a time there was a king. The King had police that wore red coats. One day we were all in the house when two red coats barged in a started searching the house for "contraban". I went to stop them and they pulled their guns out and threatened to kill my family. They then demanded Mommy go make them food.

They searched the house making a big mess which they did not clean up. They ate the food and did not even say "thank you". They then spent the night on our nice couch and didn't even remove their boots. They got the couch all dirty.

Daddy was mad. He joined with other daddies and fought the red coats until they left to their own land. However, soon after they left, a new king took over and claimed all the land for himself even though the land already had people living on it. At first this new king was nice. Much nicer than the old king. But over time, the new king started getting greedy. He wanted the money of the people. At first he only took money from the rich and only a little bit. But later he kept on growing more and more greedy and took more and more even from people that weren't very rich like us. He takes enough money that we can't buy many things we need.

Then the king searches our property using the internet and even kills people if they use plants the king doesn't like.

But we cannot fight this king. He has too many allies. He purchases the favor of people with a few services that people want. He scares them into believing that only he can provide these services. So many people support him that those who don't want the king are treated badly and even told to leave their homes.

[My 7 year old says that he'll fight the king]

We cannot fight the king with violence unless we can win. The king has many guns, tanks, fighter jets and bombs. We should instead teach people that while the king provides some services we like, he provides many more we don't like: like war and hurting people and taking their money. And the things the king does provide that we want, we can get them in the same way we get food from the store.

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