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Links to Think: 04.09.12

April 9, 2012

Why the Ritalin Debate Is Asking the Wrong Question: Healing Our Kids’ Soul Fever With Simplicity – A recent HuffPo piece written by Kim John Payne, one of the authors of Simplicity Parenting, which I recently read and reviewed.

“Most parents don’t have to be told to stay close to their sick children. The desire to be near is instinctive. Unfortunately, in our culture, when our children are telling us they are hurting in other ways, we have learned to outsource the problem. Once we have ruled out any serious medical issues, soul-fevered kids don’t need second opinions or professional help; they need us. They need to rest in a natural state of bonding with their parents. It might take longer to heal a soul fever than the flu, but the end result will be the same: restored health, and an invigorated connection. By staying close to our feverish kids, we are learning about them and what they need, and boosting our entire family’s immunity to the diseases of an over-stimulated, fevered pitched world.”

“But treating soul fever at home, instead of a disorder in someone’s office leads to a greater connection between parents and kids and fewer reasons to become anxious and medicate. After all, the jury is still out on the long-term effects of these drugs. And my own research, a pilot study I conducted in 2000 testing a simplicity regime with children diagnosed with ADHD, found that 68 percent of the children went from clinically dysfunctional to clinically functional in four months.”

Stolen by the Nazis: The tragic tale of 12,000 blue-eyed blond children taken by the SS to create an Aryan super-race – One way lesser known manifestation of the Nazi’s obsession to create a “perfect race.”

“With blond hair and striking blue eyes, the toddler attracted admiring glances from other mothers growing up in the Crimea.

But Folker Heinecke’s looks also proved a curse: they brought him to the attention of Heinrich Himmler, the psychopathic head of the German SS and architect of a plan to populate the world with the Aryan master race.

Obsessed with his experiments to breed ‘pure white’ chickens while running a poultry farm before World War II, Himmler was intent on doing the same with humans after rising to the very top of the Nazi hierarchy.

He was captivated by Folker, who had been brought to Germany after being seized by SS officers scouring occupied lands for blond, blue-eyed children.”

Why Didn’t They Stop? Martin Luther King, Jr. on the Parable of the Good Samaritan – Bible Gateway’s blog post examines MLK’s thoughts on the Parable of the Good Samaritan.

” ‘We rented a car and drove from Jerusalem down to Jericho. And as soon as we got on that road I said to my wife, ‘I can see why Jesus used this as the setting for his parable.’ It’s a winding, meandering road. It’s really conducive for ambushing. You start out in Jerusalem, which is about twelve hundred miles, or rather, twelve hundred feet above sea level. And by the time you get down to Jericho fifteen or twenty minutes later, you’re about twenty-two feet below sea level. That’s a dangerous road. In the days of Jesus it came to be known as the ‘Bloody Pass.’ And you know, it’s possible that the priest and the Levite looked over that man on the ground and wondered if the robbers were still around. Or it’s possible that they felt that the man on the ground was merely faking , and he was acting like he had been robbed and hurt in order to seize them over there, lure them there for quick and easy seizure. And so the first question that the priest asked, the first question that the Levite asked was, ‘If I stop to help this man, what will happen to me?’

“But then the Good Samaritan came by, and he reversed the question: ‘If I do not stop to help this man, what will happen to him?” ”

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