Having used my little boy to illustrate profoundly bad theology, I have to note that his philosophy is honestly not half bad.
Jehu: What am I going to have to do to get you to stop turning on the lights in the back of the car?
Little Boy: You have to get a Pius V that doesn't have lights on the inside where little boys can reach them.
I have to admit he made me laugh. But moreso that that, he underscored an important point:
Whenever a technical solution to a problem is feasible and not unaffordable, it should nearly always be preferred. Any solution beginning with ....If Everyone ... or ...If We All... is really low percentage. If you genuinely had the kind of buy-in implied by your solution, you probably wouldn't have had the issue in the first place.
The problem with technical solutions is that continued success with them tends to create serious overconfidence in other, non-technical types of problems. How many times have you heard something of this form...If we can put a man on the moon we can ...?
But in general, working with the laws of physics or chemistry through engineering is pretty easy. Changing human behavior or hearts is hard.
But this of course doesn't mean that little boy won't be bent to my will eventually on the car lights issue. I'd be remiss in not demonstrating proper parental coercion.
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