Remember xtrmn8r I'm 15, and I would find such a restriction unfair. I understand where you come from, but it's odd that we can skew a perception of reality, when the only truths, at least as far as I understand it, are absolute scientific laws, and even we're not sure that they work under all circumstances. This makes "reality" the generaly accepted perception of it. I suppose the most important thing in a society is the belief that "the sky's the limit" a phrase sorely lacking to quite a few adolescents I know. If we are limited becuase we dont have the knowledge to work and become "succesful" then at least tell us that, and not just becuase we are children. I have noted behavior in "adults" that could easily be construed as childish.
Sorry if I begin to rant, it is difficult to find the right words to express my thoughts and ideas in full. And I am quite passionate about this, so it is important that you all understand I mean no disrespect even should my words become "heated".
Just like to put that out there. I know I'm forgetting something...
Also, I would like your thoughts, did you think I was starting to rant? Did you think I was getting angry? Did you think nothing of it and find the second paragraph odd, or perhaps this one?
Maybe I should make a poll...
Hi Interested Poster,
I must say I am impressed with yet another 15 year old poster! Great to have you begin to post. It seems you are saying that we should not tell children that "the sky is the limit" if things are going to be rough for them, right? I agree...not everyone is going to be astronaut material
There is so much wrong with the way we parent these days I cannot even begin to get started. I believe in the rights of children to have some basic happy times in life and to be taught what interests them most firstly and secondly, everything else we can squeeze in that is necessary for growth...violence is not a very necessary subject but it is a reality.
I do not agree we should teach it on television to children. Since I was very very young I asked why they shared so much information about how to conduct crimes to just the general public. i knew already that this was not very wise for a country to allow.
And you are right perception is everything!
As a tiny child I was most interested in the religious...I wanted to learn about God in school (probably an unusual child) and I could not figure out why...as far as I was concerned they were leaving out the most important thing in life (to me) when they gave us lessons...I was in public school. I was disappointed and just didn't understand it. Later on I loved learning about the various religions (on my own) and studying the "esoteric", another thing that had little to do with school. I was a good student making very good grades and homework was a breeze. But the public schools were a huge disappointment and they moved much to slowly! I got so frustrated in 11th ( I was so bored) and I decided to quit school. That was 1979.
We didn't play video games in those days...well Pac-man at the place we hung out, and loads of pin-ball...not too violent those!
Violence on television was something I had grown very much accustomed to but disagreed with in principle as a way to waste time. We did a lot of hiking in the mountains and smoking weed...those were the times. We visited friends all the time to "shoot the bull"...loads of deep conversations. And light ones. But we talked and talked. I don't see kids talking much these days while they play those games...just, "Bwa ha ha I got you!" and non-sense like that. I think it is a really bad change and is not progression! Since I believe inherently that man is meant to evolve...I am against this phenomenon!
Violent or not...people are sitting on their butts too much, chasing games around...doing nothing progressive, having less and less conversations...losing sleep, and so on over these silly gaming moments. So what if it increases hand and eye co-ordination....so does getting out and climbing a tree or a mountain, riding a bike, skateboarding and swimming and playing sports and having real moments in time...doing what people did before these games surfaced.
My sons were of this generation , but me I got my boys games like sonic the hedgehog....and they had to play non-violent games forever...I finally once bought them Tekken II as they got older because I do think they were well balanced and it was martial arts after all...when they earned their own money they usually bought themselves basketball and football games...better and better ones and some driving and some shooting games.
But they weren't out of balance like some kids. The time they spent playing sports was substantial. They were never over weight! Loads of activities kept them from an out-of-balance state. This is more how it should be for kids. Less violence is a boost to the esteem. Notice how self-esteem arises from doing rather than being good at a game. Even taking out the trash for your family is better for your esteem than winning at a game. Because games are exactly that...games...they are not really REAL. What is real is contributing to society in whatever capacity. It starts with family and branches out from there.
My esteem came from menial jobs I got from the age of fifteen, never from being good at games, (I was very good at work) I got excellent incentives to keep working...lots of pats on the back and pay as well. I loved working, it was better than getting good grades at school. I could spend money on whatever i wanted, I had earned it!
I am getting off track here....violence in the media is out-of-control, having a show about a serial murderer, that we are supposed to like or relate to, shows me this. That show Dexter is really going too far and I prohibit myself from viewing crap like that on television, hopefully it sends a message if everyone will turn it off or change a channel when they see really un-called for violence on t.v. programming.
Of course some movies I have loved have had a lot of violence in them, but there was always a message about that violence within, i can think of two favorites just now...Pulp fiction and The Professional. They were a reflection of something going on that needs be changed in life, and they were showing the dangers of violence as well...with a moral to the stories... a moral is not visible in many of todays shows, the main codex seems to be that the world is violent...but the world is also countless other things so why so much focus on the one subject?
whew~ I best stop here...for I could go on and on and...well it's enough for now!