|Posted by Thomas Ault on July 25, 2017 at 6:55 PM|
Not long ago, men were men, women were women, and children were, well let’s just say that they were children.
Yesteryear. I was a child, according to the guidelines of the time, until I reached that magic age of 21. I did some childish things, just like other children did. They were not well thought out, but often, a test of wills, more than anything else. I was not incarcerated for the silly things I did, but I was dealt with in a way I understood, that if I did it again, certain consequences would be in my future. I was loved, and through that love, I was also punished appropriately, if the thing I did was requiring of that act. Parents were my guide, through love.
Today. A child (someone under 18) performs a foolish act, and gets caught. Immediately 911 is called, the child is held by someone in authority, then taken into custody, and charged for the act, then detained in a juvenile detention place, or put on display for everyone to ridicule. This act frequently gives the child a perverse opinion of the police and any authority. Government is their guide, through fear and without love.
They now see themselves as:
(1) An awful person, doomed to be forever badly thought of, thereby eliminating any self-esteem he or she might have had, and on down the wrong road.
(2) Loving the attention they received, and deciding it was a great idea and will try something similar, as soon as possible, to retain that attention from his/her peers.
I am not advocating that children should pull pranks and get away with it. I do suggest that kids need guidance. That guidance should start at home, and it should carry through with intelligence and common sense, rather than some new law that make all things seem black or white.
Children need to understand right from wrong. They need to learn to take things less seriously. When every word spoken is to hurt, something is wrong in our society. When we reward anyone for doing nothing, rather than pushing them to achieve, we are killing competitiveness, and replacing it with weakness.
We now live with fear of our neighbor, distrust of our friends, and a loss of morality. What happened?