Or as they say in Latin O tempora, O mores …..
Kids kill teachers ….
In my personal opinion there are a lot of teachers and schools that deserve to be shot down … but not literally. Schools in the country are destroying the natural human urge to learn and achieve .. but killing a teacher is not the way to address the problem. It is a system failure …
And I definitely do not buy the spiel about teenagers being under too much stress these days. In certain countries fifteen year old is adult! We tend to baby our kids far too long. Why, in my grandmother’s time fifteen year old girls were mothers! And fifteen year old boys were in some kind of trade earning their own living. So!
Oh really? This is definitely not macho or romantic. This is patriarchy syndrome at its worst! Not that I expect much better in the Jaatland I live in.
Sometimes I think that boys should be kicked on their arses and booted out of the parental abode to go earn their keep at age 14. Then they would have school + tensions of a job + having to pick up their own mess and cook their own meals. It would definitely keep aggression down, and keep them real.
I brought this over at breakfast at my own home. Today Kid#2 was on breakfast duty and we got bacon and scrambled eggs and coffee strong enough to resurrect the dead, but I digress.
Kid#1 : Stabbing over a girl??? Gosh! How futile. Now he will be in jail and the girl will possibly change her school and never meet him.
Darn right, I thought
Kid#2 : Damn I better keep my license and voters ID in my wallet all the time. The police will be frothing in their mouths and checking every male for the next two months.
Me – persisting – But did you ever feel the need to fight for a girl’s honor?
Kid#1 : Hell yeah, fight yes. But not over a chick! Cant she fight for herself?
Kid#2 : If she can’t stand up for herself, she is way too much responsibility. I don’t need that.
Makes me hopeful, really hopeful that patriarchy is on its way out.
Now if someone could also, similarly dilute religious intolerance and jingoism, this world would be such a better place to live in.
Perhaps I am hoping for too much