If you’re a parent you should care about the widespread practice of arresting parents, usually moms, for letting their children play outdoors unattended.
In what is conceptually a violent form of suicide, the Rainbow Fish relents and plucks out his scales and gives them one by one to all the demanding fish on the reef. “The Rainbow Fish” is a toxic diatribe which teaches that exceptionalism is unfair, and that those with something special literally OWE everyone else a piece of themselves.
Any reference to human genitals carries with it a hint of ribald humor, but “family jewels” once denoted something also of value, to be protected and kept from harm. The modern reference of “junk” unfortunately mirrors a societal cheapening of human sexuality which is regarded as something of fleeting purpose and dubious worth, and in the end, irreverently squalid.
This mistrust is based on fear, not of the unknown, but fear that the convoluted machinations of the world will encroach on the order and traditions of a simple lifestyle in a remote place.