July 23 • 06:27 PM

We're too busy to think for ourselves

October 10, 2007
We're pretty busy these days. There's little time for much of anything aside from maintaining the hectic lifestyles we all live.

We have become a nation of followers. We don't vote, we don't talk with our neighbors and we surely don't talk to strangers. Instead of debating important issues we say, "Well, if you think so, it's okay with me."

We have plenty of time and energy to complain, but seldom do we do anything to change things. Instead, we think it is okay for others to decide for us; we simply follow along. We really don't have time to go to school board meetings, city commission meetings and the like anyway.

I'm sure they will figure it out, and that will be okay.

I hope it's okay.

Perhaps it all started when someone complained about having prayer in our schools, and we said okay, we'll take prayer out of the classrooms.

Then someone said you better not read the Bible in school ... the book that says thou shalt not kill, thou shalt not steal, and love your neighbor as yourself. And we said okay.

The experts told us we shouldn't spank our children when they misbehave because their little personalities could be warped and we might damage their self-esteem. We assumed an expert should know what he's talking about, so we said okay, we won't spank them anymore.

Then someone said teachers and principals better not discipline our children when they misbehave. And the school administrators said no faculty member can touch a student when they misbehave because they don't want any bad publicity, and they surely don't want to be sued.

And we accepted their reasoning, we thought that would be okay, too.

Then someone said, let's let our daughters have abortions if they want, and they won't even have to tell their parents. And we said, that's a grand idea.

Then someone said, since boys will be boys, let's give our sons all the condoms they want. And we said, another great idea. It's too hard to talk to teenagers about such things anyway.

Then some of our top elected officials said it doesn't matter what we do in private as long as we do our jobs. And agreeing with them, we said it doesn't matter to me what anyone does, including the President, as long as we have jobs and the economy is good.

And then someone said pornography isn't exploitation, it's merely the appreciation for the female body. And we said we have no problem with that.

And then the entertainment industry said, let's make TV shows and movies that promote profanity, violence and illicit sex. And let's record music that glorifies rape, drugs, murder, suicide and satanic themes. And we said that's just entertainment, it has no adverse effect and nobody takes it seriously anyway, so go right ahead.

Now we're asking ourselves why our children have no conscience and have become desensitized, and why they don't know right from wrong, and why it doesn't bother some of them to kill strangers, classmates and even themselves.

Oh yes, and one more thing. We were told not to smother our children, that we should allow them to learn and experience life on their own, free of the encumbrances of their parents. So we choose to stay away from our kids' sporting events, concerts and other activities they are part of and proud of. We rationalize that it will be better that way, that it will help them grow up faster. Besides, we're so busy, we need the extra time to do the things we want to do.

If we think long and hard enough, we can probably figure out what's wrong.

Randy is the President of Page One Inc., which publishes the Tri-City Times, Woods-N-Water News and Page One Printing Company. He has been with the company since 1980. Randy has been writing a local column for 27 years on community events, individuals, sports, hunting and fishing adventures.
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