Originally Posted by bljones
They may not act like adults, but they are adults. Old enough to vote, old enough to drink, old enough to serve in the military, old enough for the death penalty, old enough to know better. Sanctimonious much?
Age wasn't specified. I joined the USMC at 18 and I could not drink... Legally. Being in the Marine corps did LOADS to grow me up, but I am still now just 23 and I still make mistakes. The key is to learn from them and not repeat the bad.
If it happened to me, I would be pissed. Hands down. Would I call the cops and file reports? Only if significant damage was done.
When I was a kid on Halloween the neighborhood kids and I would sneak out and roll peoples houses with toilet paper. When you are 13 years old sneaking around at night with all your buddies throwing toilet paper around is a good time. However, one morning when I was 20 I woke up to find I had been T'Peed. Well I was pretty pissed. Toilet paper is a real pain in the rear to get out of tree branches. However, A part of me could only chuckle. Kids will be kids I said to myself as I prodded wet clumps of TP out of the trees in my front yard. I did not call the police, I did not rant and rave to my neighbors who saw my predicament. Sure, it was a pain to clean up and yes, if it happened a second or third time repeatedly I would have taken more drastic measures. Yet, the TP got cleaned up and I had a good story to tell my co-workers who then reveled me in their own tales of toilet paper mayhem.
So, I would be pissed off but I would keep it in perspective.
the stone analogy is not an attempt to sanctify our dear vagabonds. I put that quote their only to remind people that no one here is perfect, and no one here is without mistake. That is all.
I would not be so quick to diss the "kids" for listening to the adult. Millions of Americans get told things everyday that they in turn take to be truth. Dont believe me? Ok.
Our planet revolves around the sun right? Sure it does. But wait, have you actually checked it yourself? Did you go up in space or peer through the lens of a telescope and actual observe this for yourself? Or did you just believe what people told you and it "sounded" right and everyone else believes it so it must be true. *cough cough* 1930'2 Germany, *cough cough*
What about atoms? We get told everything is made up of atoms. We even see these cute little pictures in books showing us what they look like but tell me; has any of you ever actually SEEN an atom? Or do you just take their word for it?
Ok, less obvious now.
Politics. How many of you take the time to do independent research about the candidates running for office? Now how many of you based your opinions on second hand information from the media, other people, or articles written by "experts," and subsequently voted in that same manner.
War. How many of you take the time to understand the culture and history of the Muslim religion and how it relates to the war on terrorism? Now how many of you have made your opinions based on second hand accounts and observations?
Have I made my point yet? I could continue. Easily. These aren't kids were talking about either. These are adults who have every resource available to them to find the truth but 90% of the time they just take there word for it. Sounds right? Must be right. I am too busy to check it out, I have to pick up Susie from Soccer and get dinner started. This plays out millions of times a day all across our country.
Now continue to sit there and talk about free thinkers...