Friday, June 29, 2012

Talk About Mixed Messages ...



This is a T shirt being sold on the official website of the president of the United States; it was promoted on Twitter by President Obama's official Twitter account.

So, how angry should we be with kids who swear?

At least 17 states have legalized the medical use of pot. In the city of New York, the mayor recently backed a proposal to decriminalize the possession of "small" amounts of marijuana. (It's arguable that 25 grams is one heck of a lot of pot, however).

But drinking a large soda - that should be illegal, claims the mayor.

So, second question: How angry should we be with kids who smoke pot, since it's A) medicine, and B) apparently less harmful than a large Coca Cola?

I'm no one to preach; you don't need to dig too deep to find dirt on me, as the old saying goes. But I don't think it takes a genius to see we are bombarding our kids with mixed messages at every turn - and this has to be very confusing for young people in the process of developing their own personal moral codes.

Being a new father, this poem really has hit home after seeing it recently for the first time. Dear son, I will fall very short of the mark, but I promise to try.

SOMETIMES YOUR STEPS ARE VERY PLAIN
SOMETIMES HARD TO SEE.
SO WALK A LITTLE PLAINER, DADDY
FOR YOU ARE LEADING ME.

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