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October 17, 2012

ROOT: The crumbling of a generation

Lockport Union-Sun & Journal — October is the month when all of the scary movies and television shows are popular, and this year there are a lot of scary movies out there.

As I have said many times in the past, you can tell a lot about a society by the way it entertains itself. The ancient Romans used to cheer human sacrifices, in many different forms, in the Coliseum for entertainment. The French people revolted in 1792 and started lopping off the heads of aristocrats for fun. Both activities seem a bit extreme, but those were different times.

These days, there is a plethora of horror movies for people to choose from each and every year. I remember the movie “Black Christmas” opening on Christmas Day a few years ago. For those that don’t know, “Black Christmas” is a horror movie. The wide availability of horror movies eclipses the scant selection of Christmas movies that the American family has to choose from during the holiday season. There is just something wrong with that.

I guess what bugs me about that is how it is really hard to justify taking a four year old to a horror movie during the holiday season. Yes, there will be a couple of decent movies for children during the holidays, but there will still be a lot more horror movies. Why is that?

Have you ever stopped to look at the subtle signs all around you that our society is crumbling to dust? I was recently told about a second grade class in a local school that assigned homework to the students. To me, that just sounds normal. But the parents of the children complained because they did not want to have to spend time helping their children with homework. The problem with our society is that parenting, and the act of being a family, is a dying art.

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