"It’s not our job to toughen our children up to face a cruel and heartless world. It’s our job to raise children who will make the world a little less cruel and heartless."

L.R. Knost (via maxistentialist)

I think agreeing that it's "your job" to make your children be a certain way for society's greater good is an abuse of power. However, inflicting needless cruelty on them to make them "accept reality" when the reality they were born into was shitty is much worse. It's a sad, modern paradox that society pins all its hopes for change on children - but only after indoctrinating them with the idea that all the bad things in the world are inevitable.