Reflections on Voices and Values – June 4, 1999

Published on: Author: bette 1 Comment

 

This one makes me really sad.  I wrote it in 1999 and I still remember the thoughts that were running through my mind that day like it was yesterday.  I don’t think I ever shared it with anyone except for my husband – and maybe Molly’s mother.  The reason for that is that I felt it was too negative – pessimistic.  I felt that I might be blamed for being too critical.

 

As I read it now I realize that the situation has become exponentially worse in the past 16 years. Children learn from the experiences and the models we provide for them. I shudder as I think about our candidates for the President of the United States as their role models.  What kind of leaders can we expect them to become?  How can we fault them for disrespectful language and behavior when that’s what they see every night on the news?

 

I also wonder about the young people who are being “radicalized” by ISIS.  Has anyone stopped to think about where they were, or what they were doing in 1999 when Molly was so disappointed because the Beanie Babies at McDonald’s had all been gobbled up by toy collectors?  At least Molly was surrounded by a family and friends who cared about her and made her feel like she was an important part of her community. She was not one of the “Invisible Kids” who turn to violence to be noticed – or to feel like they belong.  What kind of role models did they have when they were 10 years old?

Why are we surprised that when we model greed and violence that we get greed and violence?

 

All I really have are questions … but as I read where my mind was going that day at McDonald’s – I find that I become even more concerned about what our little guys are seeing on the TV news these days   . . .

 

Click here: Reflections on Voices and Values

 

NOTE: These links in the footnotes don’t work in the PDF:

“Joe Camel”

Bye Bye Birdie

Violent Video Games

 

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  1. As I think back to my original vision for Leadership 2020 in 1999, I realize that there is a positive side to all of this. Perhaps even because of our efforts in the past 16 years, there is a whole generation young adults who have already become incredible leaders. I find that I learn so much from the 25 – 45-year-olds that I meet and/or hear about today. Where were THEY in 1999??? I have often thought of them as the “Poster Children” for Leadership 2020. We now need to look at them and “design backwards.” Look at the young leaders we WANT … and figure out how they got there. It may be partly genetic … but we now know that it is the environment that determines how any genetic predisposition will express itself.

    I wrote about about that side of things in an earlier post: Leadership 2020

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