I've got another 20 years on ya Slow5, and I too learned at an early that if I wanted something I had towork forit. I learned early that if I made bad decisions, I may well experienceunpleasant consequences. I got no free passes.
I was in my teens when some child psychiotrist came out with this idea that corporal punishment was a bad thing. He claimed that it cause kids to grow up with violant tendencies. :shock:Well, I was still on the recieving end of that corporal punishment and didn't like it. However, I had also observed what happens when a did grows up with out it. I knew a few kids that were never disciplined and always got what they wanted. They were obnoxious, irresponsible,spoiled brats. I couldn't stand to be around them.
I knew then, that if this notion of "sparing the rod" took hold, society was in for a bad future. Well, here we are. We've got way too many spoiled brats that are voting to get more entitlements that they don't have to work for. They don't want to be responsible for themselves.
We've all heard the fearful cries of "Oh no,:what: it's the old Wild West again" when some see us openly carrying our sidearms. I believe its more than just the guns they fear about the Wild West Days. I believe they fear the return of a time when everyone was responsible for their own welfare. It was a period when folks knew that if they didn't work, they didn't eat. There were no free rides. The days of the Old Wild West was a period of self-reliance, intense independance, and strong sense of personal responsibility, not to mention pride. There's a large segment of our current society that would not survive in such a world. InTHAT sense, I can see why they are terrified of a return to the "Old Wild West" mentality. :what:
To make matters worse, we have leaders in our government that also fear this Old West mentality of self reliance and independence. If everyone were to adopt it, those in government would lose much of their relevance and power. Ooooh, they can't have that.