La Libre Belgique
What if I dont make my son wear braces? asked Frédçric Jannin in La Libre Belgique. My son has a crooked tooth. It isnt freakish, merely somewhat askew. Yet in our conformist society, to allow him to go through life that way would be considered tantamount to child abuse. Everyone is supposed to sport the same perfect smile, each tooth aligned exactly parallel. This imposed homogeneity is not confined to teeth. Were approaching a time when every woman will have enough silicone in her bosom to fill out a D cup, as well as enough collagen in her lips to plump them properly pouty. Variety is rapidly being extinguished, and not only in how everyone looks. My sons teachers have warned me that while he is quite intelligent, he is not diligent enough. Alarmed, they have referred us to some Center for Psycho-Medico-Socio-Something that can teach him how to act like everyone else. How sad that our default assumption is that anything that bends a different way has to be straightened out.