Scouts-L Mail Archive for June of 1999: Columbine H.S.......perspective
Wed, 9 Jun 1999 09:16:48 -0400
More food for thought!
Paul Harvey on Columbine High School
(Mr. Harvey read this on his radio show last week)
"For the life of me, I can't understand what could have gone wrong in
Littleton, Colo. If only the parents had kept their children away from
the guns, we wouldn't have had such a tragedy. Yeah, it must have been
It couldn't have been because of half our children being raised in
It couldn't have been because our children get to spend an average of 30
seconds in meaningful conversation with their parents each day. After
all, we give our children quality time.
It couldn't have been because we treat our children as pets and our pets
It couldn't have been because we place our children in day care centers
where they learn their socialization skills among their peers under the
law of the jungle while employees who have no vested interest in the
children look on and make sure that no blood is spilled.
It couldn't have been because we allow our children to watch, on
average, seven hours of television a day filled with the glorification
of sex and violence that isn't fit for adult consumption.
It couldn't have been because we allow (or even encourage) our children
to enter into virtual worlds in which, to win the game, one must kill as
many opponents as possible in the most sadistic way possible.
It couldn't have been because we have sterilized and contracepted our
families down to sizes so small that the children we do have are so
spoiled with material things that they come to equate the receiving of
the material with love.
It couldn't have been because our children, who historically have been
seen as a blessing from God, are now being viewed as either a mistake
created when contraception fails or inconveniences that parents try to
raise in their spare time.
It couldn't have been because we give two-year prison sentences to
teen-agers who kill their newborns.
It couldn't have been because our school systems teach the children that
they are nothing but glorified apes who have evolutionized out of some
primordial soup of mud . . . .
It couldn't have been because we teach our children that there are no
laws of morality that transcend us, that everything is relative and that
actions don't have consequences. What the heck, the president gets away
Nah, it must have been the GUNS!"
Really puts in perspective the value and the need for a program like
Scouting in the lives of today's youth and why so many of us put so much
into this program, some long after our sons and daughters have moved on
to other things. Anyone feel like they are sometimes swimming up stream?
P.S. INSTRUCTIONS FOR RESPONDING: For the more vitriolic, indoctrinated
(brainwashed/brain dead), polarized, unscoutlike, or those who just have
trouble facing reality, THIS IS A QUOTE. Please send your response
directly to Paul Harvey.
Central Florida Council (Orlando)
Troop 225 ASM, AQM; Tipsa Lodge 326;
ADC and District Training Chair;
"usta be a Beaver (SR189)....
....and a good 'ol staffer too! (SR295)"