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To: El Sordo; All

I hear you.

Between this story and the Washingtonienne story of last weekend, I feel totally lost and out-of-place.

I guess I am an old man at 44.

If we are blessed enough to defeat the terrorists, what will be left to hold and cherish, if we simply treat others as interchangable parts?

This weekend, it seems particular affecting, with the dedication of the World War Two memorial on the Mall.

Maybe WW2 was the last time we all as a nation really had to grow up?

With each passing decade since, growing up has become easier to avoid.

Now, those younger than I am prefer to "hook up," and life just rolls merrily along.

The "bridge to the 21st century" has brought us to perpetual adolescence.

Sorry to be so down, but only this story and the washingtonienne stories from last weekend have left me so emotionally hopeless and numb.

They aren't big stories.

But they seem to give nothing to fight.

It is like some sort of giant fog has come into the country, arrested all of our kids, and given us no enemy to combat, no foe except this inescapable fog.

When I see our kids living like this, it just saddens me. It is as if we have devolved into animals, and have become obsolete.

For example, compare the text messaging, cell phoning, and instant messaging which is referred to in this story, to the incredibly heartfelt letters written by the everyday soldiers on both sides of the Civil War (as shown in Ken Burns' recent documentary).

Compare now to then, and tell me which group holds life more precious?

I guess things will have to get worse before they get better.

I guess we, as a society, must face the sort of challenge that forces up to shake off the giant fog, bond together, and fight for our freedom and liberty.

Only such a crisis, one I hope never to see, will break the cycle of adolescence, and make us, once again, reclaim our uniqueness as humans, different from the animals, capable of so many greater things.

It is this sort of thing that makes we worry, that gives me cause for concern.

What do y'all think?


10 posted on 05/30/2004 3:09:48 PM PDT by Museum Twenty (Support the President - wear the Baseball Cap - display the Bumper Sticker - http://www.ilovew.com .)
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To: GodBlessPeggyNoonan

You have stated it quite eloquently.

I can only agree.


11 posted on 05/30/2004 3:18:51 PM PDT by El Sordo
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To: GodBlessPeggyNoonan
Excellent post!

When I see our kids living like this, it just saddens me. It is as if we have devolved into animals, and have become obsolete.

They're being taught that they are animals. Animals with uncrontrollable urges. Animals who "are going to do it anyways" and ought therefore to have condom access.

My sad emotions are laced with a healthy dose of anger at the injustice related to this type of behavior, esp. with regard to the unborn who pay for the "mistakes" of their parents' "hooking up" with their lives.

14 posted on 05/30/2004 4:20:47 PM PDT by Lexinom
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To: GodBlessPeggyNoonan; WhyisaTexasgirlinPA
Maybe WW2 was the last time we all as a nation really had to grow up?

Maybe so, but these war heroes raised the kids that are the parents of this generation. The WWII heroes came back home as hell raisers and role models, both for good and bad. I agree that things have gotten screwy, but we can only raise our own kids. Then try and be an influence on the others.

18 posted on 05/30/2004 5:53:21 PM PDT by SeeRushToldU_So (Good girls do it too.)
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To: GodBlessPeggyNoonan
I guess I am an old man at 44.

Don't feel too old. I'm only 24, and stories like this only started to come to light by the time I was finishing high school. I find it just as shocking.
25 posted on 05/30/2004 10:21:51 PM PDT by July 4th (You need to click "Abstimmen")
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