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People make peace as much as Politicians

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In the late 1980s I spent a weekend in a place called Benwell in the west end of Newcastle (NE England). It's an area recognised by many in relevant organisations as one of the toughest neighbourhoods in the UK. Because I went up there with a friendly demeanour I was made to feel very welcome and had a really enjoyable time. If I had gone up there with an 'attitude' , and/or been judgemental the minute I got off the bus, concidering the sort of place it is, I would probably have lasted about 5 minutes - because the 'attitude' I'd have got back would have been infinately more - erm - 'up front' than anything I'd have been able to carry off. That was 16 years ago, and I sometimes wonder if these days it's possible to be able to do things like that, and does a friendly approach evoke the same, or are we becoming cynical to all that?

Is the world generally becoming an increasingly aggressive place, where competition is all, and being friendly towards people sometimes isn't enough. Is the whole notion of friendliness seen as a strength or a weakness to be exploited these days? People have to work longer hours in the increasingly competitive work place, to pay ever higher mortgages and a bewildering array of credit agreements, and you wonder what sort of effect that's having on societies as a whole, and how societies interact with each other. We live in a high octane culture where the simple day to day use of words can be taken and twisted totally out of common sense parlance by people who seem on a mission to cripple the basis of any peaceful coexistance - spoken communication.

Is this the Neobrutalism, and is it really possible to "Give peace a chance" in the 'get one over on someone else' culture - or are we just trying to grow flowers on a motorway?
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Nicely said Paq

I have thought for some time now there are two leading problems here in America: Ignorance, and the breakdown of the family.

Ignorance - It is no small tragedy that most Americans are more interested in the politics of the "Survivor" show, and the performance of an "American Idol", than real politics and the performance of their elected leaders.
Couple that with the bias, and overly politically correct news media, and the result is the average American does not even know who their Congress representative is, let alone what they are doing.
Breakdown of the family: - The fact that in some inner city minority areas, as much as 78% of children are born out of wedlock, with no fathers.
Because of that 40% of all violent crimes in America ANYWHERE in America are caused by 3% of the population - young black men.

We seem to look right past the issues of Fathers abandoning their children, and moving 100's of miles away. They pay support, but are completely absent in their child's lives.

My own nephew at age 12, in the 7th grade with a B average, that same year his father, my brother, divorced an moved to Chicago, which is 5 hours from where I live.
By age 16, he quit school, was arrested twice, took drugs for behavior problems, was abusive verbally to his siblings, simply out of control.
This happens everywhere, in every town throughout America, yet no one looks down on a father that has done it.
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It is extremely sad Paq.
I have given 3 public speeches on this very subject, as well a one on inter-porn's effect on pre-adolescent boys that are exposed to it.

I could fill a page on the devastating statistics.

I spent my teen years in the late 70's, and early 80's. The main problem then, was, as a bad side affect of feminism, we were all taught men and women are the same on every level. This bred a generation of young people who had no clue how to treat the opposite sex.
This, and the bane of the 80's, the "me" generation - also instilled selfishness, a lack of self-sacrifice, and the general feeling that as long as YOU are happy everything is right in the world.

Just take a look at popular shows of the 90's (when the teen's of the 80's grew up) Seinfeld, Friends, Cheers - all had self-centered, childless, and immature adults as the main characters.

Then we all got married, found out it was hard work, then really hard work when kids came along, now the feeling of not being "happy" and " I can't be me" kicks in, and we all excuse ourselves from our responsibilities, after all society says it's not only OK, but you SHOULD do this, so YOU can be "HAPPY" :mad: :mad:
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Too bad this thread isn't getting more traffic...
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