If "The human condition" is what we're going to call this, I've been growing more dismayed by it virtually every day.
We've always had and always will have scum. But in recent years they've been crawling out from beneath the rocks, gathering together with others of their ilk and more proudly asserting their "right" to be pigs.
Cruelty has become sport, sickness and depravity are now branded "humor." Shame simply doesn't exist any longer.
I can't help it - I find it all enormously depressing.
I sincerely feel that the reason that the renewed supremacy of the reptilian brain and behaviors is primarily due to a distinct lack of extended family and the total collapse of community. If I behaved one teeny tiny iota like the kids in school today, my Nana would have worn her corn broom out on my backside, and if she got tired there would be an aunt or an uncle to step in and take over. If I acted up in public, word would have gotten back or worse, Ol' lady Ott on the end of the block was well known for placing a good solid swat on your backside and THEN walking your ill-behaved butt home to your Mama or your Nana or whomever was home to watch over you. You were called down in public when you acted like an ass, public shame went a long way.
I am the last to say that I approve of beating a child, however one well-placed swat on the backside with a dose of public shame would keep a lot of this crap at bay. What ticks me off is this namby-pamby bullshit of "being your child's friend" - WTF?? I am my child's parent FIRST, and if they are having "problem adjusting" in school it's because they are surrounded by ill-behaved heathens who wouldn't know self-discipline if it bit them in the ass and chewed a bit!!! My kids learned from a very early age, I AM the Mama, my word is final, and you better damn well behave because I'll put your butt into timeout in the grocery store RIGHT IN FRONT of your best friend AND her Mama!
(oh yeah, it's YES Ma'am and NO Ma'am and PLEASE and THANK YOU)
My personal opinion is that we need to return to a matriarchy - drop the fucking political correctness, grow a gawd-damned spine, and instill some common sense, courtesy and personal responsibility into the generations to come.
stepping off my soap box and handing some home-made peach cobbler to Bushwa...