I`m with you on a lot of that.
But doesn`t lazier, sheeplike behavior lead to dumberer?
Dumb ... a very subjective point. I`ve done a lot of dumb things in my life. In fact, if you have a server with a few spare gigabytes, I`ll start making a list.
Lowest common denominator as a mindset. Well, any belief system has but one aim: to align the minds of a large group of people. The "powers that be" used to use religion to align large groups of people ... ie the stock ... and keep order in society. Today it`s debt. I`m not sure if groupthink or groupaction actually increase stupidity or just weaken individuality. People want to belong to something or identify with something. But on the other hand, there are lots of people in our society who take advantage of this and promote packaged beliefs that look and feel a lot like stupidity.
I will also add. If there`s one thing I`ve learned about beliefs, it is this.
Respect what others believe, period. Even if they`re bigoted, arcane, or what have you. I certainly don`t like a lot of things I see in today`s world but the best way to change things is to lead by example.
I wanted to comment on Janets post, but Im dumberer than the rest of you and cant figure out how to quote what she said.. DOH!
Here`s what I think.. and this is BY NO MEANS A SLAM against parents in todays society. Im one.. a single one at that. And I work as well as care for my kids. But I think a lot of this starts at home.
Kids are darn smart, then and now... just differently. My 2 yr old could operate the VCR and DVD player... she knew how to recognize the channels to get it to the right one so she could pop in a video (( am I proud? gosh no )) My 4 yr old is adept at logging on to the computer and navigating to find the icon on the desktop for his learning games... his hand eye coordination is much better, I bet than the kids from the toy gun and pail and shovel era. (( Not that Im saying hes smarter.. just in a different way. ))
I worry that the quality of time at home is at stake these days. Part of me actually longs to know the simplicity of the consitancy of a dad going off to work and coming home at 5PM to a healthy and nicely laid out dinner. Stories at 7, and bedtime at 8.
Would I do well in this scenario?
As much as I want it.... nope. I doubt moms did back then either.
I WISH I could be fulfilled by spending my day molding my kids, and helping them grow on a FT basis, but I need more. Society tells me I need more. Society says that staying at home is unfulfilling and not enough. Women are encouraged more now, than ever to find what makes em tick... to be successful and to grow. Not that this is a BAD thing.. but we are only human.. somethin`s gotta give.
Maybe Im romanticizing the 50s and 60s or heck, even the 70s when I grew up, but I would like to think that the stability, the slower pace, was good for growing little souls. I think alot of it comes down to the quality of raising our kiddos. Kids were DIFFERENT back then.
Teachers these days have to deal with scary discipline issues, that just weren`t paramount back then. I visited a local jr high... the one I went to! And witnessed a teacher politely tell a student to slow down in the hall. Had this been back in the 80`s at this same school... we would have slowed down and smiled sheepishly. Not anymore. She got the bird. She wasnt fazed. I was SHOCKED! And I live in small town America!
School isnt all about learning anymore.. its chock full of a million distractions. Cell phones ( my sons principal told me that one girl had 6000 minutes of texting one month... 6000!) ipods, mp3s etc... add to that, the distraction of poor behavior that we didnt HAVE back then... the stress on the teachers due to the poorly behaved kids, and its a recipe for an atmosphere that is much less condusive to learning.
I don`t think we are getting dumber, but I do think we are getting lazier. I think priorities are certainly changing. We are a society of instant gratification. Why spend time learning to write and write properly when we can whip off an email with no capital letters and get it over and done with?
It`s funny to me, how in this society where we have made great strides towards easier communication, it hasnt gotten any better. We do it alot, but like a lot of things.. its watered down now.... it`s quantity, not quality.
Other random thoughts are this. I cringe when I see misspelled words or poor grammar in something other than the net. I also cringe when I see public service announcements reminding us to spend time with our kids. It shoudl be NATURAL to go for a gentle family walk after dinner... to play ball in the back yard. Im as guilty as the rest tho... Im distracted. By everything. Bombarded from every which way with things that need to be prioritized...
When I DO encounter an innocent child these days, I do wonder about his mentality... my sons have an innocent girl in their small school and she`s a novelty to them.
I don`t think we are dumber..I think we are busier than ever.. not necessarily for the better, either. But I can`t really say if it`s for the worse...
I ride the fence.. ;c) Took me long enough to tell yall that, eh?