Go out & play
Go out and play, how many times did we hear those words growing up? Or how about when our parents would ask where we were going and we would just say…out, as the screen door closed behind us. Do you remember those Saturday’s when we would come home right before dinner and our dad would say, ‘what were you doing all day’? Of course our answer was …nothing. I remember one Saturday deciding to ride my bike from Philadelphia to my uncles place in New Jersey. I got seriously dehydrated and ended up in the local ER. When my dad came to get me he wanted to know why I wasn’t carrying extra water for such a long ride.
Now-a-days most parents won’t let there little darlings out the front door un-accompanied until they reach there teen years. Even then they are keeping track of these teenage children with the GPS chip inside there phone or car. Is it because we now have so many more child predators or is it the insecurity the parents feel. Another part of the problem is the new improved, ‘no child left behind’, public school system. Where if a child is to much for there teachers to handle they are labeled hyper-active and introduced to the world of drugs. It is indeed a great thing public education where they show that child’s’ growing mind if you have a problem just pop some pills and everything will be OK. I believe it is the lack of morals in society and the breakdown of punishment for offenders that created so many more predators. It is not any one thing you can put your finger on but I am sure it is the evolution of a new and ever more lax society.
When you add:
the breakdown of the traditional marriage
the lack of discipline in the home, (now mommy or daddy can go to jail for hitting there own children)
the lack parents teaching of moral and religious principals
schools that teach our children “there rights” against there parents
schools that teach our children in junior high the right way to have ‘safe’ sex
A president that says to the nation that oral sex is not really sex
A legal system that will not fully punish predatory offenders, because our jails are full
a government and its leaders that teach by example that there are no laws that can’t be gotten around
With the acknowledgement that the above statements are true how can we expect our children to understand right and wrong. We look at our country today and bemoan what a mess we are in, when it is ‘we’ who have let it get to this point. They say hindsight is twenty, twenty and that we study history so we will not repeat the same mistakes. But many of us have never studied the rise and fall of the Roman empire.