The sins of the father
For those who may not be aware, the saying, “sins of the father,” is a biblical one. It is also one that Christianity has largely discarded because of the sheer irrationality of it. Basically it was a curse god placed on individuals (fathers) who didn’t tow the line.
Here’s how it went. Say someone’s father was a bit of a religious dropkick in the eyes of god- which meant in the eyes of the ruling robe-wearers, as no one ever saw or heard god pass judgment on anyone at a town hall meeting. So it was left to certain individuals to tell the plebs what god said, which was; any man who did not obey the Lord (being a dropkick in other words) would be cursed for the rest of his life. But not only him, this would affect his entire family and subsequent generations as well. Reason? God will not be mocked!
As I say the whole notion is nonsensical. How could an innocent child, born three or four generations after the supposed sin was committed be guilty? Guilty of something their great, great, great grandparent did? Not to mention that fact that whole idea of sin makes no sense whatsoever. Mistakes, slip-ups, errors, yes. Sins, no.
That said, parents do pass on burdens onto children the youngsters struggle with and often carry with them to the very end of their lives. And of course those things are passed onto their kids and so on.
Some of the things passed on are obvious. Like religion, which is generally passed on automatically. Children are made Catholics, Protestants, Anglicans, Muslims, Hindus, Buddhists or whatever by the virtue of the fact their father is one— it’s routine. It’s just done.
The kid can’t speak but is baptized or circumcised or something. Then there are the parents “values,” likes, dislikes, heritage, customs, culture, biases, traditions, prejudices, education, dress and everything else in between. None of those things are sins of course, however, the legacies of things engrained upon the innocent and pure minds are long lasting and often tragic.
There are parents who do their utmost to wait for their children to grow up and choose their own religious and spiritual paths, or, not to choose any such paths. Such parents foster and nurture freethinking, personal decision making and living life to the fullest. They encourage trying new things, making mistakes, learning and doing what comes naturally to the child. Those types of parents are however rare.
The majority of parents, unfortunately, tend to treat the kids as possessions, not individual beings.
In reality a parent is but a conduit by which the child arrives into this world, not an owner whose child is a chattel to be used and trained like a parrot.
There are no sins of the father. There are however mistakes of the parent.
Imagine what this world would be like if children were raised to think for themselves, to re-establish a natural connection to their higher self? If they were raised to say no to war, violence, gender bias and interracial superiority.