posted on Apr, 25 2011 @ 11:17 AM
While I don't believe that you are crazy by any means, I do believe that your parents show good cause to be concerned. You are at an impressionable
age. Them being concerned is a good thing considering all that is out there these days. So many people and movements are claiming they want to
change the system and change the world.
Changing the world is nearly impossible. Why not go out and act locally? Go volunteer at your local shelters and food banks. Go pass out toiletries,
blankets, clothes to people living on the street. Collect and donate stuffed animals or small toys to your local police department, or women and
childrens shelter. Donate money to UNICEF, or any other charity that works on a global scale. Look into joining the Peace Corps.
I think that people who are your parents age, and a little older, all wanted to change the world at one time too. Remember the 60's and the hippie
movement? That was an entire generation dedicated to change.
But, then you grow up, and you get married, you settle down and you realize that money does make the world go around. So you do as everyone
else and you conform. That's just how society works. That does not make us sheeple. We are not in a movie, this is real life. Someday you may be
blessed with children of your own and you too will worry about what they are reading and studying. I think that you should share with your parents
what you are learning and how you feel, find out what they think about it too. This is a sign of your maturity. Don't jump to any conclusions about
them being out of touch with reality or ignorant to what is really going on with the world. They were once 17 and chances are they have had the same
feelings that you have at one time or another. Good luck in your quest to find answers, it's a long, bumpy road. If I could give any advice to my 17
year old self it would be, stay in school, be a nerd, go to college, be a nerd, don't smoke pot, be a nerd!! My 34 year old self would be way better