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Re: Create peace

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Thu, 29 Apr 1999 13:31:41 EDT

In a message dated 4/28/99 5:17:35 PM Eastern Daylight Time,
maryann writes:

<< Help me add to this list::::::: Good parts were:
* one parent at home with children, especially from ages 0-5
* 2 parent families, meal times for togetherness
* less violence in the media - especially at prime time on tv or in the
magazines children were exposed to
* schools were safe
* neighbors/neighborhoods watched out for children, even if they didn't
know them

You'll get no argument from me that these are great things. And actually one
need not go back to the fifties to find it. I was raised this way during the

The problem is that we have created a culture of consumer capitalism that all
but prohibits one parent from staying at home with the kids until age five.
We have created a society where individualism runs rampant. We have created
cities where people are almost literally cordoned off from their neighbors,
tucked away subdivisions.

I truly believe that the thing you have really hit on here, Mary Ann, is that
there was a sense of community. Perhaps, those communities were segregated,
but we all know that the segregation was not what made them work.

I think we need to look seriously towards fostering community at every
opportunity, and our schools are a huge part of that.