I’m so tired of people. People suck. No really. I mean that. As I scroll through my news feeds and watch “informative” programming on the TV and listen to “unbiased” opinions on news radio, I really do come to a point where I literally could explode. But not from anger…from frustration. And it’s not because I disagree with the opinions. I can handle a good debate. As a matter of fact, I love a good debate. Let’s argue our viewpoints and listen to other perspectives. Let’s stand for what we believe and be open to challenge. Let’s be willing to try to understand the issue from another’s point of view, all the while deepening our own understanding as well. No. I’m not tired because of debate. I’m tired of people because they are hypocrites.
No wonder our kids are so screwed up. Those of you who complain about the moral degradation of our youth need not look too far to find the source of said degradation. Those of you who lament at the sad state of the world around us need not look too far to learn how we've come to this point. You see, on the surface we love to talk a good talk. We raise our children in this world that is full of different colors of skin, different languages, different beliefs, different values, and we (some of us) try to raise those children with an ethical sense of knowing the difference between right and wrong.
There are many little sayings that are passed down from generation to generation. These tidbits of knowledge are intended to serve as a way to help raise a child who will hopefully grow up to be a positive contributor to society. Someone who is just and kind. Someone who is caring and compassionate. Someone who can lead. Now who wouldn't be proud to say they raised that kid?
On the surface these little sayings make ethical sense. But kids aren't stupid. They don’t operate on the surface. At least not from the beginning. No, they learn from the adults around them how society truly works. Here are some examples of just a few of the nuggets of wisdom we pass on in the hopes of making a better society and how they are full of complete and utter bullshit.
Jennifer Furlong has 25 years’ experience in the communication field and teaches communication and public speaking courses in the Savannah area. She earned a B.A. and M.A. in Communication from George Mason University in Fairfax, Va. She currently resides in Richmond Hill, Ga. with her family of canines, felines, and humans. Let's be social! Follow me on Facebook, Instagram, Tumblr, and Twitter. Just look for Professor SpeechLady. See you in cyberspace.
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