Ain't it awful? Ain't it terrible? Want to see me wring my hands in despair? Want to see me wax 'concerned?' Pass the white whine, please.
I'm good at all those things...I've got three kids.
But then there's the question of what anyone might do. Greed, anger and ignorance make people less happy. Often enough, others die on account of them. This is not just some beard-stroking, philosophical observation. It's a hard and observable fact. Stupidity doesn't work very well.
But there is nothing like walking into a brick wall a couple of times to suggest that walking into a brick wall doesn't work very well. For those in an 'adult' role, there is their own greed, anger and ignorance to address ... followed by the greed, anger and ignorance their children might learn to enjoy. Parents, if they're anything like me, would love for their children not to be as idiotic as they have been. Parents do their best to drive home their points ... only to find that their children discover other ways to express greed, anger and ignorance.
So what now? Give up and give in? No parent who likes or loves his children would do that. So they do the best they can ... and pray hard. And like as not, the awareness that parents show for their own greed, anger and ignorance will transmit itself ... not perfectly, but quietly. After that, the kids will have to walk into their own brick walls. Always have, always will is my guess.
Creating a social policy may be very good. No reason not to try if someone is inclined. But stupidity is wily stuff. You can't just give someone a de-stupid pill. You can point and hope and do your best. After that, experience kicks in.
Just some amorphous thoughts.
Smile just one smile