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Updated on April 22, 2011

By The Hand Of A Child

It's amazing how typical life can be, especially when you see it through the eyes of a child. I have a daughter who is head strong and determined to do things her way. I can understand her because when I was a teen-ager I wanted to do things my way too. But! times are different now. My generation, I'm a baby boomer, didn't have the highly publicized 'Drive-by' shootings. We didn't have a rash of Church burnings or, domestic terrorism (The World Trade Center, The Federal Building in Oklahoma City, and let's not forget the man that affected the Post Offices nation wide: The Unabomber, and the one we will all remember so vividly, the World Trade Center bombings, September 11 (9-11).

Now we are faced with a scathing new National Security threat. The United States of America, the last and most powerful superpower on earth is in danger. Are we being threatened by another nation? No. We have the most powerful military on earth, that would be a futile threat. Are we being threatened economically? Our economy, while weakened as of late, is yet the most robust on the planet.

With all of our military might and economic strength it is not enough to stay the crushing blow we have sustained from the 'hand of a child'. Children, teen-agers are killing their parents, their schoolmates, their teachers and, themselves. This generation, generation X, is literally killing itself off, and taking the rest of us with them. Those of us who have weathered the storm before will have to do it again, because we have no other successors.

Anytime a child can kill his parents, then go to school and kill his classmates and/or teachers that he grew up with, studied with, ate lunch and played with, without any kind of remorse, we are in serious trouble. How do we combat such a threat? How do we stop this epidemic? Do we make 'ALL' teen-agers suspects?

At this time in our American history, while we're at the pinnacle of our greatness, it appears that we are 'Clueless'. We ... don't .... have ....a ... clue! The politcal arm of our nation has declared war on drugs, tobacco, drunk drivers, HIV and, dead beat dads. A war-like mentality pervades our society in every community from the poverty stricken rural areas of Mississippi to the high priced suburbs of Los Angeles.

Who can know the effects of such a society on it's citizenry? Can we be inadvertently breeding and nurturing our own demise?

"They will be divided, father against son and son against father; Mother against daughter and daughter against mother ..." Luke 12:53.

No one will argue, least of all myself, that those issues mentioned above must be dealt with. But my question is: How do we fight them? And what should our weapons of choice be?


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      11 years ago

      Thank you Zsuzsy Bee for your insightful comments. While laughter is medicine to the bones, God fearing parents are medicine to society.

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      Zsuzsy Bee 

      11 years ago from Ontario/Canada

      I agree with the above mentioned comments. I also would like to point out that we as parents have to be parents we have to show by example how its done. I neither go for this bull way of raising children by being 'guiders' and not parents. These 'guided' children are the ones that throw the screaming fits at the department stores, the ones that don't seem to have any manners whatsoever, those will be the ones that will do these god-awful things. When life doesn't give thm what they want they will revolt etc....

      Great yet very disturbing HUB

      regards Zsuzsy

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      11 years ago

      Thank all of you for your most passionate contributions to a discussion long over do. I agree with the consensus here, that we must first start at home, and then in society where our children frequent. Schools, sports, Churches, Mosques, Temples and anywhere else that holds the influence that help shape character. The most influence comes from us, the parents and other influential adults. It really does take a 'Whole Village' to raise our children.

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      11 years ago

      well put, Mr. Wordsmith~

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      Ashok Rajagopalan 

      11 years ago from Chennai

      This happened recently in India, too. A 13 or 14 year old boy shot the class bully to death.

      There's a lot of hate in this world, and that should be compensated by love. 

      We have to teach, or better, show our children that love is priority. That way, we can take care of our family, subsequent generations, our society and the world. And the unhappy wretches who thrive on hate.

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      11 years ago

      I like you more and more dj. I am with you on gun control.

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      11 years ago from Riverside County, California

      Our weapons of choice starts at home with good parenting skills and then at our schools with mounds of education along with parental and teacher involvement. Deal with the problem before it escalates is the answer. Too many people are in denial, they ignore the warning signs and then regret it saying "I knew something was wrong, why didn't I do something about it". Also, another issue, GUN CONTROL! Yes, all you gun enthusiasts out there, kids are getting guns from somewhere, guess what, it is their parents or their friends parents. So there, Charleton Heston, I am talking to you!!!!!!

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      11 years ago

      My opinion, it can be cured by re-prioritizing home-making and parenting again and de-prioritizing income+assets as the only value we measure character by.  For women to be wives and mothers again, men have to become men again and take pride in providing for their families.

      Children didn't suddenly become "bad" because of something in the water.  Children who do not have a stay at home parent often grow up to feel that if even their own parents don't prioritize them, they need to look out for numero uno themselves and end up somewhere on the narcissistic scale and often have trouble throughout their lives.  No amount of purchased video games and upwardly mobile lifestyle can replace having a mom who is always around.

      Children who know they are loved and come first at least in their own home are children who do NOT shoot other children in school. 

      The probem with the Me Generation is that it's taking society backwards to a time of Social Darwinism countries have strived hard to get past. 


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