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The other day, someone at a store in our town read that a methamphetamine lab had been found in an old farmhouse in the adjoining county and he asked me a rhetorical question, ''Why didn't we have a drug problem when you and I were growing up?''
I replied: I had a drug problem when I was young:
I was drug to church on Sunday morning. I was drug to church for weddings and funerals.
I was drug to family reunions and community socials no matter the weather.
I was drug by my ears when I was disrespectful to adults.
I was also drug to the woodshed when I disobeyed my parents, told a lie, brought home a bad report card, did not speak with respect, spoke ill of the teacher or the preacher, or if I didn't put forth my best
effort in everything that was asked of me.
I was drug to the kitchen sink to have my mouth washed out with soap if I uttered a profane four-letter word.
I was drug out to pull weeds in mom's garden and flower beds and cockleburs out of dad's fields.
I was drug to the homes of family, friends, and neighbors to help out some poor soul who had no one to mow the yard, repair the clothesline, or chop some firewood; and, if my mother had ever known that I took a single dime as a tip for this kindness, she would have drug me back to the woodshed.
Those drugs are still in my veins; and they affect my behavior in everything I do, say, and think. They are stronger than coc aine, crack, or heroin; and, if today's children had this kind of drug problem, America would be a better place.
Originally posted by monkeybus
Star and flagged, And if others dont like it, then we will take you round the vitrual woodshed.
The 50's where the best time to live apparently.
[edit on 8-10-2008 by monkeybus]
Originally posted by '___'eviant
You say the 50's were the best time to live. Let's see, I think I know of someone who grew up in the 50's.... You may have heard of George W. Bush, born 1946? Let's assume that his parents "brought him out to the woodshed", which I'm going to assume means that when he misbehaved, his parents hit him. Which you approve of, I take it.
Let me jump for a moment. Jaxon, you said
You cannot reason with a 5 year old. Besides that, once you become an adult, the world does not 'reason' with you! Great thread! Star and Flag!
The reason, I propose, that the world does not 'reason' with you, is that the world is run by people who were taught that physical force is the only real way to deal with problems. Why is it ridiculous to attempt to explain to a child what they do is wrong? Is beating them with reckless abandon going to show them WHY what they did was wrong? No, it's just going to inform them that, wow, someone didn't like what I did, so I got hit. When people don't do what I like, I'll hit them. Beautiful world that makes for. Which brings me back to GWB. And his penchant for torture, unilateral application of force, and disregard for legislative process. Or 'reasoning'. I'm not saying that GWB was beaten, because I can't possibly prove that. When Democrats were elected to Congress in 2006, he did say we "gave his party a thumpin'", though.
This is tangential to my point, however, and I need to get back to work, so I'll just cut right to it.
Reasoning with a child is not ridiculous. It teaches them to reason with people, and it teaches them that violence is an inappropriate way to answer problems in the adult world. If you want the real reasons the world is going to hell, take a look at overpopulation, the misdistribution of resources, and reckless corporate profiteering. Not at how much kids get hit.