Tuesday, April 08, 2008

Trouble Right Here In River City

The Music Man made light of tell tale signs that the youth were on a path which could only lead to trouble, and that starts with “T” which rhymes with “P” and stands for pool. Oh, yes folks, we got trouble, right here in River City. Kids need to be in a band, complete with uniforms and instruments and I pass this way but once. Trouble, trouble, trouble, trouble, trouble……

Professor Harold Hill may have been a huckster from the get go; but he nailed home a few points about kids, they need to be brought up with a firm grip around their spare time. Parents have a job to carefully supervise their children’s entertainment and constantly nurture these young people into adults worth having as neighbors.

A disturbing story out of Florida came to light this week, “Eight teenagers have been arrested in Lakeland, Fla., on charges that they allegedly beat another teen in an "animalistic attack" so they could make a videotape to post on YouTube.”

A little further down in the story, “Her parents blamed the Internet for the incident.”

“These Web sites are creating a space for criminal activity, beating, fights,” Patrick Lindsay said. “MySpace, MTV’s ‘Jackass,’ they are enticing our children and desensitizing out children. Now, if they create the best shock video, they are the heroes. They think it is top dollar.”

A blind eye has been turned toward an ever increasing amount of violence, a mire of “entertainment” which bombards our senses as “metallica” and “rap” music, reality television, movies and video games. The desensitizing of an entire society to that which is an abomination goes on and we wonder why our children turn on each other in such a way as to make civilized people physically sickened upon hearing of such episodes.

You have to wonder who would benefit by having the whole human race reduced to such levels? Oh, go ahead, take a guess.

“Remember my friends, listen to me, because I pass this way but once.”

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