It does often seem that building a young child into an adult is a challenge to complex for even the most gifted and sensitive of parents and that society as a whole must enter into the challenge of raising the child. Indeed such a hypothesis stretches back to those most ancient of days in which the human race had not yet reached even a primitive stage of civilization. For, lo, in those ancient days the whole community would be responsible for the child, as is still the case today, if one chooses to home school a child, what does one do when one is eaten by a lion? And yet among us still today are those so ardently opposed to the very concept of society that they seek to isolate their child and hide them from the truth of the world, somewhat akin to the prisoners in Plato's allegory. And yet, eventually such a child must mature and escape the cave and be thrust into a world not of their parents, nay, a world in which such shadows are revealed to be illusions. Indeed, in such a scenario it could be argued that the parent is afraid to let their child escape their cave, and will seek to prevent the necessary onset on adulthood. For this is the greatest crime, to deny a human being, regardless of parentage, the ability to defend oneself in the world, to turn one's back on society and refuse to participate in the greater heritage of our species. Yet such people still exist in today's world, and it is disturbing that so many people wish to isolate themselves away in a cave of their own making, to merely watch shadows dancing on the wall of their caves, and refuse to accept the glory of reality and our destiny as a species, as a world, as a civilization. And when such people assume a position of power and choose further to erode such a society the damage they do to the future generations is incalculable.
The greatest fools are those who deny they are in the cave.