Yeah, there seems to be something awfully...weird about tkip as Mike Stafford acolyte. Like, a really culturally stunted filter through which to judge the culturally stunted.
Indeed, if I may judge from whatever tkip's related of himself and his family and views, his problem is that he's a peasant. His background may be one of "values"; but it still sounds to me to be terribly simple-minded and unsophisticated. And he's speaking of his peasant peers and next-generations--but again: let's bring the UT tradition of urban-form-discussion into this. In the end, those kids who vandalize in the name of graffiti and public ill-manners are no different from their elders who (often much more innocently, their being untutored, unsophisticated peasants and all) vandalize in the name of gross teardowns and EIFS stucco jobs...
Again, the usual smug, superior progressive retort I expect from people who can't handle hearing criticisms about society and social problems. Just easier to call me names and vilify because it makes you feel better.
Nope. Just easier to say "unsophisticated" and "peasants" to justify that you have the only true angle on society. People like me and others are somehow deluded or bitter or just plain poor, uneducated hicks that can't understand reality around them. It's a wonder I was even able to type, spell and post this.
I was raised in a home by a single mother with rules and consequences and we had to pull our share, help out and make our way. No freebies, no free ride. We had to make sacrifices, were taught work ethic and the value of earning your own way. Simple upbringing with some good times and some hard times. Mother wanted us to learn certain values.
Contrast this with my father's parenting.
Raised my half siblings in the opposite environment where they were no curfews, no rules, no consequences. Allowed to indulge all their wants with no clear boundaries and expectations introduced and enforced. His parenting was very similar to the pattern of what's happened over the past several years in north america.
And it's been a spectacular failure. We've produced a gen of people who can't cope properly, can't maintain relationships, have insanely inflated sense of self worth and possess little modesty and restraint.
We allowed unhealthy themes to raise and condition our youth and then people wonder why/about people in masses tear up streets, threaten openly in public, disrespect all authority, litter everywhere, rampant drug use, out of control promiscuous behaviour, broken relationships abound, disregard for others, collapse of manners, the over-sexualization of society and still nothing is wrong?
The next time you guys complain about those hordes of trashy, obnoxious douches from the 905, I'm going to remind you that someone RAISED them to behave this way. Didn't happen in a vacum.