There are some basic qualities that we have learned that are important
in the development of responsible adults.
Sandra mentioned that "There are a lot of kids out there without rules
or boundaries and without LOVE." "consequences, and learn to help
fellow man." I would like to add consistent behavior from the role
models to the list of love, rules, boundaries, and compassion for
fellow man (and add Mother Earth).
I would like to take exception to the notion that standing reverently
pledging, singing anthems, and saluting has anything to do with
creating responsible citizens. Political leaders have used just such
practices to brain wash citizens into bigoted loyalty to a cause and
separate the followers from the dissidents. If the cause is good no
harm ... except the creation of citizens who will follow with out
questioning the next leaders.
I am not comfortable saying pledges or written prayers and can't fault
anyone who doesn't relate to these rituals. These rituals are fine
for good people who have studied the words and repeating the ritual
connects them with the cause but this did not create the good person
in the first place. Many very sick people are into pledging, saluting
and, chanting (singing) to connect themselves to their cause. The
rituals didn't cause them to be sick but it can keep them connected to
the sickness. They are still sick with or without the rituals. Good,
caring people are good and caring with and without the rituals.
I have had much experience with knowing people who complied on the
surface to all the of symbols of being a "good person" and were
absolutely evil in their behavior to their family members. I can't
let the participation in rituals be a measurement I use. It was a
surprising discovery during the Korean war that many young US
soldier/prisoners were easily persuaded the change loyalties. This had
not happened in significant numbers in WWII The difference discovered
was the lack of depth of information and study and too much reliance
on meaningless rituals which crumbled when put to the tests.
I just needed to spin my thoughts on this subject.
>hats over their hearts during the singing of the National
> I believe there are small towns or communities where this is still relevant
and will continue. evil/darkness
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