Semi-logical Explanations Of Random Phenomena

Thursday, February 09, 2006

Whatever happened to just writing "slut" on the bathroom wall?

As though we needed more proof of society's decay, now we have this: http://www.cnn.com/2006/LAW/02/08/teen.dismembered.ap/index.html

Amazing, isn't it? But it isn't overly shocking, is it? I mean, for pete's sake, turn on the television any night of the week and you'll find at least half a dozen law/crime tv shows detailing the gory aspects of murder and the ways to conceal them. Nothing like a play-by-play instruction manual live on your tv set, is it? Try the web- search for "ways to get rid of a body" and I'm sure you'll find at least 2o proposed in sick humor or serious maliciousness.

It's ironic, isn't it. We, as parents/responsible adults/guardians/neighbors, or teachers/doctors/lawyers, know the power of the visual media. As our kids are infants, we carefully purchase Baby Einstein DVDs, or turn on Dora, so our children can improve their IQ or learn Spanish. We select amazing computer games to occupy their time and creatively teach them the skills we know they won't master in public school. We KNOW, without a shadow of a doubt, the power of the images we allow in our minds. Everyone remembers being told at least once "garbage in, then garbage out." Duh, common sense.

So, two main issues come to light as we seek a logical explanation for the growing number of violent acts perpetrated by teens and children. First issue: What's causing this phenomemon of teen/childhood violence? Second issue: Why is that cause being allowed to continue?

First Issue: Children/teens are more violent for two reasons: they are exposed to more violence in their home enviroments and in their recreational activities for longer periods and at younger ages AND instead of having those violent games/tv shows/human influences removed from their lives, and then the children being taught kindness and ways to solve problems using words instead of murder, the children are instead being medicated and forced to endure the highs/lows consistent with a drug addict's life journey. Don't believe me?

Do you know the side effects and long term damage of the most commonly prescribed childhood psychotropic medications? No? Wait, does the government know those? Has the USA-FDA studied these side effects/long term damage in children/teens? NOOOOOOOOO. But do doctors continue to prescribe them? Duh.

What we do know: several common anti-psychotic (as in for schizophrenia) adult drugs are used in children to treat ADD/ADHD. Why? Because some guy decided they achieved the result he wanted- children that sat still for class. Has it been studied? No. And it probably won't be, because then they might find out that it tragically alters kids' body chemistry, forever damaging their developing neurological systems.

So a drug works for a while on a child. Then it stops working. What happens? Time to play switcharoo, giving the child yet another med until it stops working. And the child never learns self-control, or appropriate responses. All problems are because of the "meds being off" and the solution is always more meds. Parents, why are you doing this to your children? JUST SAY NO! The truth is, very few children are actually chemically imbalanced and need these medications. Chances are, your Joey/Julie isn't one of them.

So what's the solution? Stink if I know. I would suggest a few things, but that brings me to my SECOND ISSUE.

Second Issue: Why is the cause of increased childhood/teen violence being allowed to continue?

Because most parents are lazy, unconcerned and selfish and allow and encourage and beg the government and major businesses to raise their children for them.

SELFISH SELFISH SELFISH.

(Before I begin, if any of the following circumstances apply to you, please know you are not included in the description below: single parent because of rape or widowhood; not a single parent but the other parent is incapicated due to illness such as cancer, MS, etc; single parent because of accepting guardianship as a last ditch effort to save your sibling/offsprings' children)

Point #1: Don't whine to me that you're a single mom, especially if you were never married in the first place. Nobody told you to have sex and get pregnant by a man you knew wasn't committed to you. You wanted this child, now do right by him!

Point #2: You as a parent don't have any "rights". Just cause you work all day does not mean you don't have to work when you come home. Be A PARENT, not a friend. Don't park your large behind on the couch and watch trash television and drink a beer, then gripe and moan that you can't control your kid doing the same dadgum thing!

Point #3: Parenting is a 24/7 occupation, for a minimum of 18 yrs. Cope. You want your kid to turn out great, then act right. Trust me, she'll do what you do. If you're letting men come over, she will too. If you're not opposed to a little 5-finger-discount at the wal-mart, neither will he. When she comes up preggie or he gets a robbery charge, don't tell the tv reporter "I never saw it coming, he/she was so good, this is bogus, We set up by the police!" Whatever. Just, whatever.

Fact: most parents (like my own) wanted to watch THEIR tv shows (violent/full of trash) and we kids were supposed to cope. Nowadays, the kids get shuffled off, because parents don't want to be bothered, or its a futile attempt to shield the child from inappropriate shows. So kids end up in their rooms on the net. Joy. Schools don't care- they're worried about No Child Left Behind costing them their jobs. Major companies benefit from the drugging industry- a medicated child will always need more meds, and the government gets kickbacks from that.

Poineer children worked their rumps off all day, stayed with their family and were taught morals and obedience and respect, and had minimal problems. Chances are what has changed since then in our society/culture is what has caused the increased chaos in our kids. When's the last time you heard of a bunch of Amish kids going nuts and having a school shooting?

Think, people. This really isn't that hard!

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