A father of some teenage children
had the family rule that they could not
attend PG-13 or R rated movies. His three
teens wanted to see a particular popular
movie that was playing at local theaters.
It was rated PG-13. The teens interviewed
friends and even some members of their
family's church to find out what was
offensive in the movie. The teens made
a list of pros and cons about the movie
to use to convince their dad that they
should be allowed to see it.
The con's were that it contained ONLY
3 swear words, the ONLY violence was
a building exploding (and you see that on TV
all the time they said), and you actually did
not "see" the couple in the movie having sex
it was just implied sex, off camera.
The pros were that it was a popular movie
- a block buster. Everyone was seeing it.
If the teens saw the movie then they would
not feel left out when their friends
discussed it. The movie contained a good
story and plot. It had some great
adventure and suspense in it. There were
some fantastic special effects in this movie.
The movie's stars were some of the most
talented actors in Hollywood. It probably
would be nominated for several awards.
Many of the members of their Christian
church had even seen the movie and
said it wasn't "very bad".
Therefore, since there were more pros
than cons the teens said they were
asking their father to reconsider his
position on just this ONE movie and
let them have permission to go see it.
The father looked at the list and thought
for a few minutes. He said he could tell
his children had spent some time and
thought on this request. He asked if he
could have a day to think about it before
making his decision.
The teens were thrilled thinking;
"Now we've got him! Our argument is
too good! Dad can't turn us down!"
So, they happily agreed to let him have
a day to think about their request.
The next evening the father called in his
three teenagers, who were smiling
smugly, into the living room. There on
the coffee table he had a plate of
brownies. The teens were puzzled. The
father told his children he had thought
about their request and had decided that
if they would eat a brownie then he would
let them go to the movie. But just like
the movie, the brownies had pros and cons.
The pros were that they were made
with the finest chocolate and other
good ingredients. They had the added
special effect of yummy walnuts in them.
The brownies were moist and fresh with
wonderful chocolate frosting on top.
He had made these fantastic brownies
using an award-winning recipe. And best
of all, the brownies had been made
lovingly by the hand of their own father.
The brownies only had one con. The father
had included a little bit of a special ingredient.
The brownies also contained just a little bit
of dog poop. But he had mixed the dough well
- they probably would not even be able
to taste the dog poop and he had baked
it at 350 degrees so any bacteria or
germs from the dog poop had
probably been destroyed.
Therefore, if any of his children could
stand to eat the brownies which included
just a "little bit of crap" and not
be effected by it, then he knew they
would also be able to see the movie
with "just a little bit of smut"
and not be effected.
Of course, none of the teens would eat
the brownies and the smug smiles had left
their faces. Only Dad was smiling smugly
as they left the room.
Now when his teenagers ask permission
to do something he is opposed to the
father just asks, "Would you like me to whip
up a batch of my special brownies?"
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