Did you know that for the vast amount of human history it was considered normal for people to own slaves? Often enslaving people was the "more humane" option, the other being murdering them.
Now I don't bring this up to say slavery is good, because it isn't in any way. We have moved away from it because we have become more developed as a species.
I bring this up because, during those parts of our collective history, nearly EVERYONE thought slavery was an acceptable practice. You would have been considered an outsider if you thought otherwise.
It took me a while to come to the realization that I would have probably been "okay" with slavery. I probably wouldn't have thought it was that big a deal. To be clear, I am saying that it is hard to go against tradition, I am in no way pro-slavery.
Tradition is a useful tool in our evolutionary tool belt. It serves to connect us to our past, ensures what works sticks around. It also keeps things that are terrible, like slavery, around because they "work" but aren't necessarily good.
It's hard to buck tradition, especially for those of us that rely on it so much. Luckily, I've never been one of those. I fully respect and admire those who can stick to a tradition, I'm just not one of those.
I want Rational Products to stand for something, and originally I thought fatherhood was a pretty good thing to stand for. But that didn't quite it home, it is a good cause, but it isn't exactly a bold stand.
Fatherhood is great, but being a father of principle, one that will die on a hill for something. To be the one that can stand against the crowd, insisting that no matter how many people say it's okay to do something, he thinks it isn't.
To stand on principle.
In order to find that thing, that thing I'd be willing to defend even if I was the only one. I looked at what is considered okay now, something that most people wouldn't even think is out of the ordinary, and determine if it somehow went against my principles as a human, father, or husband.
And after some contemplation, some very serious thinking. This thinking wasn't easy, I had to examine my closely held beliefs and see if they were wrong, or if the crowd was wrong. I had to figure out if I was just contrarian or if it was really something that was worth fighting for.
I figured it out.
Guys, and now I may lose some of you here, I think you shouldn't spank your kids.
Now I know this isn't something a lot of you will agree with. But that's kind of the point. I want Rational Products to mean something. I want it to change the world for the better. And that's something is anti-spanking.
I want to make it clear, I'm not judging you if you do think spanking is acceptable. However, I do think it is wrong.
Rational Products, this company, will be a brand that supports fathers who choose to not spank their children. And I am very proud to announce that.
I am 100% sure that I will get an email stating that I am wrong. Please, send them, I want to know where you stand. But I am willing to take that on the chin every day, for the rest of my life if it means that this company is standing for something I believe in.