Yea. The whole idea that one moment people can preach "Kids are the future, education is the key!" and then the economy takes a hit andthese exact same people can turn around and say "Well, times are tough, forget this fancy schooling thing. These stupid modern kids will never accomplish much anyway" ....
It just boggles the mind. I really never understood how this one value became so...negotiable. It's like... Adults want their kids to do better, to have all the things that they didn't have as kids but also... Deep down... They don't really believe that their kids can or will do better. And so if the economy takes a hit - and even if it doesn't - what do we do? We cut education.
When we cut education... Are we, as a society, punishing the kids? Giving up on them? Blaming them? Perpetuating negative stereotypes, especially in relation to the generation gap? Gambling on the idea that they have to really sufffer and be misguided before they can maybe turn into good brilliant people who will be able to undo some of the damage? I don't know how to interpret this.
The government is rotten on a lot of things but on this issue, it might actually be a near-accurate reflection of the majority of the people that it governs. In my humble opinion.
Out here... Something that...did not impress me... One of the cities, when the political people made the local school budget... They deliberately set all the numbers and predictions very high. Oh it's gonna be great, good times, etc. All this nice talk to get people excited and names in the newspaper. And then what happens - those same political people, they cut the funding. Redistribute the money. Oh no, crisis mode now. Worry and speculation, etc. More time for their names in the newspaper. But here's the kicker - the funds they 'cut' were apparently just renamed and shuffled around. So the money was still there. They just wanted to 'award' it to the school later, makes themselves look good - all heroic, etc.
The 'bonus' funding... Was meant to be part of the original budget, you see? The schools did not actually end up with anything extra. All we got was a bunch of greedy old men wanting attention - and using this as a way to get it.
And we're paying them to come up with this junk, you know? They get benefits for life for doing crud like this. It's considered standard, to do crud like this. It is considered serving the people. How sad is that?
You know what I would like to see someday? Forget political campaigns. Forget all this jumping through legal hoopla and one person spending the equivalent of the gross national budget of some small countries on propoganda, forget cable-only exclusive debates and so forth... Give me the candidates, all of them, and lets stick them on a series of game shows. Start with that Are you Smarter than a Fifth Grader show and work up to the shows that require the contestants to have some practical problem-solving skills. Maybe Survivor or The Amazing Race?
Whoever wins gets the job and, the moment they are sworn in, is thrown in prison. The office they work from - it's a prison. That way, we always know where to find them and their accomidations are already secure and being paid for on taxpayer money and it will just generally save a lot of trouble, if they should happen to try and abuse their power. Right?
On to other things....
Chastity-san, about going to hell - I've had people tell me that too. For a wide varitey of reasons, most of which were blatantly ridiculous. And there seem to people who enjoy saying it, you know? They enjoy feeling superior and using this empty threat to try and force people to conform to their ideas. They generally don't like having it pointed out that a)their threat is empty and b)wasn't their god supposed to be peaceful and kind to everybody?
So when someone says it, laugh. Okay? Being angry or offended or hurt is understandable but it doesn't help you brush it off. Taking such threats seriously only empowers/enables the threatener, understand? If you try to reason with them, they will get the idea that their opinion suddenly matters and has power over you. So just don't even give them that foothold. Laugh and walk away.
If it gives you any peace or fulfillment... Many religions have - somewhere at their overlooked core - more in common than they would care to admit. And that includes the idea that their path is not the only path.