Developing my statement from yesterday - "Parents can't live their childrens lives and children can't live their parents lives", I claim that life experience is built on own experiences - not on third party experiences. In order to find out if something is good or bad for you, you need to jump into it and see what happens. Maybe your experience will be different from mine.
As with flavours. Everybody tells me that cheese tastes good. I don't agree. Because it smells like cowshit in my nose - and I don't eat cowshit. If you respect me you're not gonna make a lot of remarks on that. It's my taste buds - not yours. My experience. Not yours.
I would have liked my parents to read Nietzsches book 'Thus spake Zarathustra'. This book takes your mind over and beyond the 'normality' and forces you to reflect, in order to understand. And compare Nietzsches statements with familiar issues from your own life. For instans, one of Nietzsches statements is that you should not act as a fly swatter. - On the other hand, one must not be too kind either. - That's an interesting thought. - My interpretation is that we must explore the balance between a selfish mind and a selfless mind in order to find harmony within ourselves.
What's that got to do with my parents? - I think my parents overlooked the wisdom in Nietzsches words. They condemned it as rubbish because they didn't understand what he meant. However, what Nietzsche meant is far less relevant than how my parents would have interpreted his words, had they read the book.
'What else is love but understanding and rejoicing in the fact that another person lives, acts, and experiences otherwise than we do…?'