Advice Paradise: Prejudice, Mockery, and Chick-fil-A

“It’s a jungle out there. Disorder and confusion everywhere. No one seems to care.” Well, WE do! That’s why we started this new column… Advice Paradise!



We’re not psychologists, counselors, therapists, or experts – we’re just fellow homeschoolers who are willing to offer a little friendly advice. Sometimes it helps to have a second opinion, and we’re here for you. The Advice Paradise team will answer questions on homeschooling, relationships, religion, and life in general. No question is too trivial. Just ask about anything you want to know! We promise to keep it simple and get straight to the point.

Check out the following questions and see if any of them apply to you, or maybe you’ve been in the same situation and have some helpful advice to give someone else. Post a comment if you think you have a better answer!

1. What prejudice did you have in the past that you now know was nonsense?

I got mad once when someone told me a lady who lived near us was older than my dad. Nobody was smarter, stronger, or older than my dad. Ha!

2. Is mockery and tolerance of it part of protected free speech? Civility and rational discourse are important, and mockery is not a part of that, but who gets to decide where the line is? Is there anyone who everyone could trust?

Mark Twain. Well, I don’t know about nowadays, but back then he got away with satirizing everything from a country’s language to a country’s economy in The Innocents Abroad. And the goal of his speech “Advice to Youth” was to mock the platitudes and inherent dishonesty of graduation speeches. Then again, his humor wasn’t appreciated by everyone. The Concord Public Library called his Huckleberry Finn book “trash suitable only for the slums” when it first banned the novel in 1885, even though it was meant to be a satire highlighting the hypocrisy of the society he grew up in.

3. I feel that a company that displays a good business model would be Chick-fil-A. First, they are a Christian organization that has Sunday off to observe the Sabbath. What do you think?

I agree, and they have good food too, which is important when you’re running a restaurant business. 🙂


Do you have a question? Send it to and we will share it with the Advice Paradise team to be posted in the next issue of Homeschooling Teen.

Would you like to answer a question or offer some advice? Please leave a comment below with the question number for reference. Thanks for helping!

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