has apparently been the practice of certain members of the upper middle
classes and upper classes in England to attempt to inculcate a sense of
morality in their children by using methods other than banging them over
the head with a heavy copy of the family Bible.
One effective method
was to parody the use of the Miracle and Morality Plays of olde Englande
develop stories involving child-like characters to which young children
The characters could
then be portrayed as getting into trouble by not doing as they were told
by their elders and betters - the morals of the stories were not exactly
subtle forms of mind control.
my case - not being from the upper part of anything - I still succumbed
to the mind control, but to be honest, I think the basic ideas about Being
Nice To Other People and Not Being Mean Even When You Really Feel Like
It are pretty positive behaviours to cultivate.
They are for me, anyway