May 1st, 2012
Into the Mouths of Babes: The Case for Minding Our Business!
By David Katz
There was an expression, once commonly used, to describe a situation in which it was easy to exploit people: “like taking candy from a baby.” As with all such similes, the illustration itself was meant to be the extreme, self-evident case. Stealing a baby’s candy is something so outrageously objectionable that all decent people must oppose it. It would concern anyone, and everyone. It would be everybody’s business.
We don’t hear that expression much any more for fairly obvious reasons. There is, if anything, far too much “candy”—and variations on the theme of candy, such as soda, sugary cereals, and so on—to go around; and too much of it in particular heads right into the mouths of our babes. The new-age problem is selling far too much candy to babies (well, children, really). That, too, is objectionable.