On a recent trip to Buffalo, my sisters and one of my daughters went on a stroll down Elmwood Avenue, one of the more trendy parts of the city. We stopped in many of the trendy shops, stopped and drank some trendy coffee and visited and reviewed all of the trendy organic foods at the local coop. Lots of eye rolling on my part, but it was fun. When I stopped at a trendy toy store, my eyes rolled so far back that I think people thought they saw a slot machine spinning. There in front of me were games for the indoctrination of the youth into the various trendy causes. The running theme was, "let's find out ways to get children to worship the earth". There was Earthopoly, a take-off of Monopoly. Below is part of the description of the game:
"Earthopoly is a game celebrating Earth, one turn at a time! Players become the caretakers of wondrous locations around the planet then increase their property value by collecting Carbon Credits and trading them in for Clean Air. It’s all fun and games until someone gets sent to the Dump!"
And then there was What's Rubbish?.
"This colourful game is both fun and educational. It helps spark an environmental awareness in children and teaches them about items which can be recycled. Travel around the board collecting cans, bottles, clothes and newspapers to put into the recycling bins. Then decide what rubbish can be posted into the refuse bin, but watch out for the litterbug!"
Lighten up people! Sure, teach your children to be good stewards of God's creation. In the mean time, buy them a cap gun and tell them to go outside and play. You'll call them in for dinner.