Actor Ed Asner said, “Raising kids is part joy and part guerilla warfare.” Boy, do I agree. But if you think kids are worse now than they have ever been consider this: Cain, the first mortal man born on earth, murdered his own brother. Noah was a preacher but his sons disgraced him.
Abraham threw his son Ishmael out of the house when he was fourteen. Jacob stole the family inheritance from his brother and Esau tried to kill him. Jacob’s sons sold their brother Joseph into slavery.
So, what’s changed? The automobile, the influence of television and movies, the Internet, and the availability of drugs are some of the big things that have changed. But so have the basic units of society—the home, church, and schools.
When I was a kid these three building blocks of society all agreed on the importance of discipline and taught right from wrong. In fact, I thought they were in cahoots with one another.
It’s time that all three basics get back to basics—otherwise we can expect the war to escalate. Just watch out for the snipers.