I was reading John Gatto’s latest essay today, and he summed up so nicely what I think is wrong in America today.
Maturity has by now been banished from nearly every aspect of our lives. Easy divorce laws have removed the need to work at relationships; easy credit has removed the need for fiscal self-control; easy entertainment has removed the need to learn to entertain oneself; easy answers have removed the need to ask questions. We have become a nation of children, happy to surrender our judgments and our wills to political exhortations and commercial blandishments that would insult actual adults.
Actually, though, I guess I shouldn’t have titled this post America’s failure, because it’s very possible that this is exactly what was intended. It is, after all, in the best interests of the ruling classes to create consumers–those who accept what they are told without question, who buy what they see advertised without evaluation, who vote for the person the media recommends. It’s sad, but maybe we are finally seeing the overwhelming success of the American education system. Over the past 100 years or so, have we managed to create a mass of children who never actually grow up?
Dh just read me something that rips my heart out, but it is a perfect example of a child whose parents have never learned to be responsible. Here it is:
Michigan teenager abandoned at Nebraska hospital
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska officials say another teenager from outside the state has been left at an Omaha hospital under the state’s safe haven law.
Todd Landry with the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services says a 13-year-old Michigan boy was left at Creighton University Medical Center Monday morning.
This is the second time since law went into effect in July that a child from outside the state has been left at a hospital in Nebraska. To date, 18 children between the ages of 1 and 17 have been abandoned.
Last week, a 14-year-old girl from Iowa was left at an Omaha hospital by her grandparents. She has since been returned to her family.
Nebraska’s unique safe-haven law allows children as old as 18 to be abandoned without fear of prosecution.
OH, GOD…..HAVE MERCY.
What have we done???