LARC readers may or may not be familiar with the Duggar family, who have a reality show, but this open letter is fascinating. It reveals a concept that will be quite familiar to members (and former members) who lived in Legion or 3gf houses of formation:
I’m told that the Duggar children are happy, so clearly my concerns are unjustified. But you know what? The fact that the Duggar children look happy does not actually tell you anything about whether they are happy. This sounds like a rather astounding statement on my part, doesn’t it? Well bear with me! The Duggars follow parenting methods that teach that children should only ever be allowed to be cheerful, smiling, and happy. Yes, really. Those are the only emotions that are permitted.
This song, the “Smile Song,” is sung at Bill Gothard’s ATI conferences: