Bonus Sample: Talking to Children About Conspirituality

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By Derek Beres, Matthew Remski, Julian Walker, Derek Beres, Matthew Remski, and Julian Walker. Discovered by Player FM and our community — copyright is owned by the publisher, not Player FM, and audio is streamed directly from their servers. Hit the Subscribe button to track updates in Player FM, or paste the feed URL into other podcast apps.

An audio essay loosely based on conversations Matthew has while parenting. Content is possibly appropriate for ages 7 to 11 — although who really knows. The main point is to deflate the media persona and cut back on the cynicism and hot-takery to discuss these things in a way that leaves the door open for growth and hope. Rules: use simple sentences, many examples, frame bad news within good news, and never call anyone stupid. Don’t give a kid a story that has no way out. Don’t people their world with hopeless cases.Questions include:

  • What is a conspiracy?
  • What’s the difference between a good and bad conspiracy?
  • So what are conspiracy theories?
  • Are all conspiracy theories bad?
  • How can people can believe COVID isn’t real when they can see how many people are getting sick and dying?
  • Why do conspiracy theorists make things worse than they actually are?
  • Why would the government cover up aliens?
  • What is spirituality?
  • What do conspiracy theories have to do with spirituality?
  • So if you grew up believing in Jesus, did you used to believe in conspirituality?

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