[Note: The following text was taken verbatim from the “M Men-Gleaner Manual, Love, Marriage, and You” used in 1956-1957. Previous entries in this series can be found here.]
White explorers visited a village deep in central Africa. They lived with the natives for several days and observed their interesting customs. One member of the expedition was particularly fascinated with their family life and noticed that punishment seemed to be lacking; a child was never spanked or punished physically.
One day the explorer observed a three-year-old child pick up a stone and start to destroy a wall of an adobe-looking hut. The parent saw the child, took the stone away from him, apparently gently told him not to do that, and then went on with his chores. The inquisitive explorer, through the help of an interpreter, asked the parent why he didn’t spank the youngster. A frown appeared on the brow of the parent. He thought for several moments and then questioned, “But wouldn’t that hurt him?”
1. Why was the explorer surprised at what he found?
2. Should a child ever be spanked?