A couple of incidents that I’ve either recently witnessed, or have felt particularly affected by due to their proximity have prompted me to wonder
about toll the current neuroses from which most Americans are suffering is taking on our children.
First, I truly believe we are being manipulated; and as far as that goes, our current fractured state of mind isn’t entirely our fault. We are,
after all, human, and therefore are subject to certain tendencies and reactions which by now have all been studied and categorized and experimented
with for so long, so thoroughly and unscrupulously, that behavioral manipulation must be down to something of a science. Knowing this, we ought to be
gentle on ourselves and understand that our current polarized state has been engineered so (whether to some unknown purpose, I can’t say). That
said, it’s time for Americans to grow up and start being good role models for our youth. And when I say this, I am speaking to myself because I am
the only person I can change (and I hope you are open to the same mindset). I don’t think anyone should be off the hook-- no parents, grandparents,
aunts, uncles, neighbors, citizens--in his/her responsibility towards our youth. We are all in this together.
From our conversations at home to the national conversations to the input of the media and online community, our ways, worries, and mannerisms are
trickling down to our children. And the results are not pretty. Just this week, in my home state, a 9 year old boy hung himself after being bullied
at school (four days into the new school year). He had come out as gay at school and the kids told him to kill himself. The conversation, the
response, are not typically kid territory.. But here we are in this brave new world.
A girl in my daughter’s class told her she could beat her up cause she’s white (ironic but my daughter is not “white”-- not that it matters
what she “is” but she is a lovely mix of her Mexican mother--I'm her stepmom-- and her Japanese dad). Another conversation that belongs in adult
territory conducted by kids who don’t even really understand what they are parroting.
Last week I witnessed a playground fight between an instigating and a surprised/horrified family-- two parents cussing, screaming and threatening to
“knock out” a couple who had their adolescent daughters and toddler with them. The thuggish wife was screaming that she’d knock the other lady
out, despite the latter holding a baby. From what I could gather the baby (about one and a half years old) had temporarily grabbed the insane
couple’s kids’ basketball and the kids had told their parents the family had stolen their ball. This is how the parents thought to handle the
situation. When the screaming instigators had left, the two girls burst out crying.
The next day I was leaving my son’s school and I heard a mom scream at what I assume was another parent “Learn how to F####n drive!”. This is a
mom with an elementary aged (and my son’s school is K-4) child in the car with her. It was horrifying and embarrassing to hear. Right in front of
a school and NO CLASS.
All this in the past week. I hope we can get ourselves under control, and soon. I can’t imagine where the kids growing up in the midst of our
diseased national psyche are going to be in a few years, but it doesn’t look good.
Thanks for reading, friends. Hoping to hear your thoughts on the subject.
edit on 28-8-2018 by zosimov because: (no reason given)