My daughter wrote me a note 35 years ago, which I have kept to this day, reminding me of the Truth. Her 5 year old awareness already recognized a Truth. She is now an adult with a child of her own…her note still rings with this Truth.
“der mom…the wurld is goin krasy”
As time passes, most people look back on the good old days with nostalgia. I am as guilty of this as anyone, even though I also look forward to the future with optimism…often with no good reason…but why not? There’s always Hope! Looking forward to innovation and social evolution, I also desire to hold onto the fundamental basics! How do we juxtapose the two and live happily ever after? There is always the swing of the pendalum…from one end of the spectrum of polarity to the other…seeking a workable balance. There is never a stasis…it’s always in correction mode. Or so it seems to me.
The following scenarios came to me via an email, which has made it’s way around the web again and again. I think it’s worth noting as an example of the way …’the wurld is goin krasy’ and crazier for our kids.
High School 1957 vs. 2010
Jack goes quail hunting before school and then pulls into the school parking lot with hishotgun in his truck’s gun rack.
1957 ~ Vice Principal comes over, looks at Jack’s shotgun, goes to his car and gets his shotgun to show Jack.
2010 ~ School goes into lock down, FBI called, Jack hauled off to jail and never sees his truck or gun again. Counselors called in for traumatized students and teachers.
Johnny and Mike get into a fist fight after school.
1957 ~ Crowd gathers. Mike wins. Johnny and Mike shake hands and end up buddies.
2010 ~ Police called and SWAT team arrives. Johnny and Mike both get arrested. Both are charged with assault and expelled from school, even though Johnny started it.
Jeffrey will not be still in class. He disrupts other students.
1957 ~ Jeffrey sent to the Principal’s office and given a good paddling by the Principal. He then returns to class, sits still and does not disrupt the class again.
2010 ~ Jeffrey is given huge doses of Ritalin. He becomes a zombie. He is then tested for ADD. The family gets extra money (SSI) from the government because Jeffrey has a disability.
Billy breaks a window in his neighbor’s car and Dad gives him a whipping with his belt.
1957 ~ Billy is more careful next time, grows up normal, goes to college and becomes a successful businessman.
2010 ~ Billy’s dad is arrested for child abuse. Billy is removed to foster care and joins a gang. The state psychologist is told by Billy’s sister that she remembers being abused herself and dad goes to prison. Billy’s mom has an affair with the psychologist.
Mark gets a headache and takes some aspirin to school.
1957 ~ Mark shares his aspirin with the Principal out on the smoking dock.
2010 ~ The police are called and Mark is expelled from school for drug violations. His car is then searched for drugs and weapons.
Pedro fails high school English.
1957 ~ Pedro goes to summer school, passes English and goes to college.
2010 ~ Pedro’s cause is taken up by the state. Newspaper articles appear nationally explaining that teaching English as a requirement for graduation is racist. ACLU files class action lawsuit against the state school system and Pedro’s English teacher. English is then banned from core curriculum. Pedro is given his diploma anyway but ends up mowing lawns for a living because he can’t speak English.
Jimmy takes apart leftover firecrackers from the 4th of July, puts them in a model airplane paint bottle and blows up a red ant hill.
1957 ~ Ants die.
2010 ~ ATF, Homeland Security and the FBI are all called. Jimmy is charged with domestic terrorism. The FBI investigates his parents. All his siblings are removed from their home and all computers are confiscated. Jimmy’s dad is placed on a terror watch list and is never allowed to fly again.
Johnny falls while running during recess and scrapes his knee. He is found crying by his teacher, Mary. Mary hugs him to comfort him.
1957 ~ In a short time, Johnny feels better and goes on playing.
2010 ~ Mary is accused of being a sexual predator and loses her job. She faces 3 years in State Prison. Johnny undergoes 5 years of therapy.
The World Is Going Crazy. What do we want to do about it? What can we do about it? Where should we start?