I’m a parent. Our family is intentional about the sort of media we read and watch (the kids and us), and we take that responsibility very seriously. But like so many other areas of discernment, there are ditches on both sides of the road.
Many of us, overcorrecting for the (very real) toxicity and vulgarity of so much media, have embraced a “safe for the whole family” approach that is dishonest and actually dangerous. It will pat us on the head and tell us everything will be alright after minimal danger that’s often just a misunderstanding. Give me dragons to fight instead. Real dragons that threaten and kill. Because that is not just close to reality, it is reality.
“Fairy tales do not give the child his first idea of bogey. What fairy tales give the child is his first clear idea of the possible defeat of bogey. The baby has known the dragon intimately ever since he had an imagination. What the fairy tale provides for him is a St. George to kill the dragon.”
–G. K. Chesterton
What is one book you love for its beautiful boldness that is dangerous…dangerous to the darkness?