You need a hero to play cops & robbers
The little boy that lives next door to me and his older sister are constantly running around the yard, shooting each other with their index fingers.
They are six and eight respectively, and I recall that my own sons used to do the same thing.
The boy reluctantly tells me he is a covenant arbiter, and the girl is the Master Chief. Having played Halo, I am familiar with the characters, and realize the girl is the hero.
The boy is the alien villain. This is often the case with these two. She gets to be the hero, and he gets to be the one that gets killed to save the world.
I suppose that it is basically the same game, but where are the cops and robbers?
I recall asking my sons the same question when they used to play their finger gun games, and I would get a multitude of answers, but none of them were “cops and robbers”.
I asked the kids what was wrong with “cops and robbers” and the answer I got was startling.
Keep in mind that these are young children, and their mother is a fine upstanding citizen.
The little girl, who we'll call Jane, tells me, “You have to have a good guy and a bad guy in order to play this game.”
The boy, we’ll call him, John, agrees, “Yeah, I’d rather be an alien than a cop.”
Did you catch that? John, who mostly plays the bad guy and usually ends up defeated, equated the police officer with the villain.
I asked about this and he shrugged, “Well aren’t they? Mommy always gets scared when they are behind her in the car.”
“Yeah, and they are always shooting people or beating them up on the news.” Adds Jane.
Then it hit me. I never speed, yet I always have that sucking feeling when a police cruiser pulls in behind me.
Are the cops the good guys, or are they not?
I suppose when it comes down to it, they probably are, but with all the cell phone video’s out there of law enforcement blatantly abusing individuals, it’s sometimes a hard call to make.
There are many video’s out there on the ‘tube that show police officers telling folks it is illegal to capture video of them, illegal to record them, and illegal to insist that your rights be respected.
You make the call. . .
What's Next If the police state goes on long enough, perhaps our children will be born with the instinct that cops are not heroes...after all, a six year old gets it.