I was watching the news last night and they threw this story out there.
Now, I have tea party conservative parents, My grandparents are fundamentalists, some may call them Bible Thumpers. Not sure what they would do to me,
if I ever said I was agnostic and only used the Bible and Jesus as a guide to live my life by. However, that's enough about them. I want to know what
you think about conservative parents keeping their kids as they put it, "Safe from the evils of the world."
My parents hate things they don't understand, so when the video game market matured in the early 1990s we weren't allowed to have anything in the
TV, because they were fearful that the game might over take the television and we would be without television... We were allowed no outside wires
penetrating the TV! Even though this notion was silly, I thank my parents for being as paranoid as they were about video games, because even though I
am a 23 year old computer nerd and most of my friends love video games, I find them silly and a waste of time! If it wasn't for them, I'd be wasting
all my time and money playing stupid games...
The same can be said for my morals on drug use. I don't even drink coffee and I hate when I have to use tums or aspirin. But I didn't learn that
from my parents. Both of my parents did not go to college. When my mom was working three jobs she met and married my dad who had a budding start up
auto chain which is now a millionaire dollar business.
They don't know what goes on in college. They don't understand that most schools are liberal; even private so-called christian schools such as the
one I went to. They don't know how much college kids drink. They don't know anything about marijuana. They don't understand fraternities. Now,
thanks to my religious upbringing and my own morals I don't drink, I don't smoke. But ALL of my friends did at one point or another. Half of them
came to class either drunk or high or hung over! On days they don't have class they start drinking at 10 AM until they pass out. Obviously I never
joined a frat.
Needless to say, I vowed never to drink or smoke! I did try beer once--hated it!
The reason I am talking about this is, my parents are good people. They see good in everyone as do I. But they snicker at the stories I tell them
about my friends and their drinking/drug use. They don't get how it could be possible. Even though, my father does the same thing they do. When he
comes home from work he drinks eight beers and passes out by midnight!
When I say the person is probably high or drunk they laugh in my face and tell me know they are just being stupid. Can conservative parents easily
point out drunk/high people as well as their kids who have witnessed all levels of said drug use? While the parents have been sheltered in their
little upper middle class lifestyle when the most people get drunk is at weddings after three glasses of wine?
I think I was a little unprepared for this part of college. I didn't like it. I asked to move schools a couple of times, but in their wisdom the
parents told me that there was going to be this type of stuff at all colleges and to find kids that didn't do this. I did it, but it took until my
senior year to do so. It wasn't easy. So, they must know a little bit about the goings-on there....
So, is it a good thing to keep kids sheltered like I was? Or let them have experience?