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8/28/2013 6:00:00 AM
COLUMN: It's never too late
Bob Weete
Bob Weete
Bob Weete
Essay

Things often get worse before they get better. Have you noticed that? And when that happens, we usually say something like: "I keep putting things off and I just have to get on that task." And, grudgingly, we finally take care of it. Of course, it would have been easier to do something earlier, but we humans don't often do that.

So here we are, America, in a humungous mess, and it is not too late to finally take the responsibility for the mess we have caused ourselves. We are going to have to put complacency way, far behind us, pick up our lazy butts, and re-make America as it was intended. That's a "change" I can enthusiastically support.

The recent rash of senseless killings - by youths, particularly - are disturbing. Three basically homeless kids are bored, so they decide to go out and kill somebody. In another public case, a couple of guys beat an 88-year-old WWII veteran to death. This is what we've come to?

And don't even begin to try to enter the race card, here. That is something we already have enough loud-mouths using to make an even bigger deal out of a major tragedy anyway. The cause, in my mind, at least, of much of the turmoil in this country centers around the home - or lack of it.

You can't legislate good parenting, no matter how many laws you pass. It's "show and tell" time, folks. Yes, dumb as it sounds, "monkey see, monkey do", and "the apple doesn't fall far from the tree". These are not new, "cool" observations. They go back eons, and yet they are absolutely true.

It has been reported that those "bored" boys literally raised themselves, with parents absent (in jail) or totally out of touch. This, of course, may be an "extreme" case, but it is truer than we want to admit. There is not a person - even here in Blythe - who doesn't know of at least one situation where there are children without functioning parents.

And we wonder why so many children "go bad". Yes, I acknowledge that there are some wonderful young people out there. But when you make yourself aware of the number of children who have literally no chance of reaching their potential, you understand what we have allowed to happen in our country.

Our children need our direction; they need our love; they need our guidance; they need our respect; they need our experience. And the list goes on. I did not say they want or desire these things. Like all children of all generations, they would like to be free of any restrictions on their behavior.

In those terrible "olden" days, "no, you may not" was not a rare statement for youngsters to hear. We have been convinced that depriving our kids of their "freedom" to do what they want will impair their psyche or something or other. Balderdash! Learning right from wrong and good from bad is an essential building block in the character of good citizens.

Look around you, and take a look at the "examples" kids have for them in various so-called leaders and role models. You don't even need to look way back to Washington, D.C. to find people who set terrible examples. Look at the mess we have right here in Blythe; our hospital examples, our city council folks, school boards.

Check out the movies being produced for our kids to see "real life". Oh, boy, do they have an influence on kids. People hopping in and out of bed without marriage, people who rob, rape, kill, and all the garbage that passes as "entertainment". The music with foul language and suggestive portrayals. And look at all the glamorous stars flaunting sex and drugs and it seems glamorous and "cool" to kids who have nobody in their lives to guide them down the road of temptations that are there to "sell" something. Young people need to learn early that the temptations are a test of their strength of character.

You give in to temptation once, and it's like a narcotic; it's easier to make that or a similar decision again and again until you are hooked for life. It's true. If you have a base of good character, you will not be likely to choose to follow the path to your own self-destruction. I'm tired of reading and hearing about Lindsay Lohan. Who knows what she might have become, had she been raised with values and, of course, God in her life. Sure, she is splashed all over the news, but it is not for anything good, that is for sure.

"It's nine o'clock. Do you know where your kids are, and what they are doing?" If they are not home, in the house, studying for school, you need to change their habits - now. And without their cell phones! They must know you love them by your examples. How would you feel like if one of your kids had killed someone because they were bored? Or beat an 88-year-old WWII veteran to death? Yes, even your kids are capable of horrendous things if you don't take the lead you're supposed to.


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Reader Comments

Posted: Monday, September 9, 2013
Article comment by: It may be Too late

Everyday you wait is one day closer to "too late". Teach your kids that so they can make good of the little time we have.


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