Quote: Originally Posted by taxslave
As I recall asking why in school usually earned one a rap across the knuckles with a ruler of a cuff on the ear.
I was a "why" person too...drove my teachers crazy. I had to discuss and analyze the why all of the time. and some piece of me had to challenge everything, I had to know they had an answer or could admit that they either didn't know or maybe didn't agree but why I needed to do it anyway... as long as there was an explanation that made some type of sense I was okey-dokey
I had good teachers, they never shut me down.
Quote: Originally Posted by Twila
I know that it's bad...sheeple. I do understand the attraction to it though. Growing up, my dad watched nothing but PBS. Nova, nature of things, documentaries on wars. I remember being young and watching some horrific documentaries. The iconic footage of a suspected viet cong man in Vietnam shot in the head. the video footage of the piles of starved holocause bodies, the mounds of shoes and hair. Of burned arms stretched under the metal walls seeking freedom. the footage of a black man having been chained to a tree and burned alive. It was harsh and I cried. I can imagine wanting to know nothing about human what humans are capable.
my house too... I remember picking up books about the war and those were real dead bodies, I was a sensitive kid and my parents were practical realists having living through the war, air raids, streets being sprayed with bullets etc. It was watched on tv and discussed ad nauseam.
My nature was to be zen about people, not hurt anyone or anything mentally, physically or emotionally...they had to retrain me so I would survive...I just didn't get it.
Quote: Originally Posted by Cliffy
Awareness is both a freedom and a terrible burden.
agreed, each of us most find which burdens we can bare to improve that portion of the world... I can't deal with animals but I am okay listening to kids or adults talk about the terrible things that have happened to them...I can help there...but not animals...I can't know about that...
Most people don't want to think about it but would rather others tell them what to think about what is important. This is why "reality" TV is so prevalent today - social engineering at its finest. "Dumb 'em down, Wilbur."
I like reality TV at night sometimes just because it is stupid and mind numbing
take your head off of that kid that came in bruised or is a cutter... ya have to make yourself shut down.