It is not that simple my racist friend. “Rich white men” do not dominate Japan, China, India or Africa. Not anymore at any rate. As for destroying civilization I would say that European males from Socrates to Einstein have made considerable contributions to the building civilization. In the United States the problem lies with American style capitalism. Capitalism is a very efficient means of distributing goods and services but unless it is also checked by social legislation it inevitably leads to the accumulation of wealth in the hands of a few. The last thirty years the upper five percent of the population has seen their share of the pie increase by 275%.
Now the top five percent of the population controls over 52% of the total wealth of the nation. One family, the Waltons of Wal-Mart controls more wealth than the bottom 40% of the citizens of the United States COMBINED. No nation can long survive such inequities and the rumblings have already begun. Any government which allows the rich to prosper at the expense of the poor and fails to provide for its war veterans, education for its young people, security for its elders and health care for all is doomed to destruction.
My daughter is almost twenty and has never been struck in anger by another human being. When she was five we were in the mall and she saw a father spanking a crying child. She was shocked. The idea that a grown up would hit a kid was completely alien to her.
We punished Ann with timeouts and denial of privileges. We also talked to her starting at about age three and explaining why her behavior was unacceptable. Children are able to understand more than many parents give the credit for.
You are not a victim. You are not weak. You are powerful. You are in control. If you do not pursue your “dreams” then it is because you choose not to. You are in control of your hands, legs and feet. Command them to take you where you wish to go.
An adult should never strike a child for any reason.
Between the two my life flows.
Oh how I see that lantern trimmed low burning in our home.
And though I feel like crying, I swear tonight, I’ll cry no more.
How many times have I prayed, that I would get lost along the way?
Dream with the feathers of angels stuffed beneath your head,
The regulator’s swinging pendulum.