[Appropriately-named Dtoid community blogger TheManchild shares a story of innocence and... well, stupidity. Kids, ya know? Want to see your own words appear on the front page? Go write something! --Mr Andy Dixon]
There are no stupid quests; just stupid people.
My daughter got her foot caught under her toybox the other day. She looked at me and started to whine, so I walked over to her, lifted the toybox up, and pulled her foot out. Suddenly she became obsessed with the idea that she could, by her own will, get her foot stuck under the toybox whenever she wanted to. So the rest of the day, her one and only mission in life seemed to be getting her foot purposely stuck and having me fix it for her, which was always followed by an appreciative smile.
The rational part of me thought, "Man, what an idiot."
The point is, children are stupid. It isn't their fault; they have tiny little brains whose functions are largely concerned with eating and pooping, and there isn't much room for anything else in between. They are amazing at the same time because of how fast they learn, but they are stubborn in their learning. It's not enough to just discover something; they need to repeat it repetitiously, over and over again, until they are absolutely sure they have exhausted every last ounce of entertainment value out of it. Even if it is bad for them, like getting their foot wedged under a toybox.
If I didn't happen to be around to help her, she would have had it there for like, a week, and starved. The intelligence of an animal is usually defined by its ability to survive, and my daughter's survival skills are at a level of competency somewhere between a potato and a length of video cable.
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