Let's face it, we all like to moralise from time to time, and reflect upon how we're better than others. I personally indulge in a good homily every evening, and sometimes I like to go out to a cafe or bar with a few other friends where we pass a few quiet parsimonious reflections on the actions of others. Self-righteous moralising can be a fun, and healthy activity, and it doesn't harm anyone.
But what sort of effect could moralising have on other people if done in excess? Parents in particular need to learn that the cumulative effect of their lectures and homilies on their children could be particularly devastating.
Studies have shown that:
- Nine out of ten children whose parent/s have passed judgement or made pious reflections, at length, in the home, have turned into sanctimonious bigots.
- 66 per cent, or two thirds, of adults who currently experience depression or other mental illnesses, do so as a result of an early encounter with a parent or guardian with a sermonising habit.
- Addiction to homilies can be easily acquired in childhood years, and hard to wean oneself off.
Parents, please consider the effect of your sermonising on your children! Just look at the following people who are currently suffering from addiction to moralising. They all learnt the habit as children:
Please. Don't let this happen to your children. Moralise responsibly, and in moderation.
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