Monday, September 29, 2008

I am Disturbed

... When I hear stories of an 18 year-old young man who douses a 14 year-old boy with gasoline and runs after him with a match. L.I. Man Accused Of Attacking Boy, 14, With Gasoline

... When a beautiful 14 year-old girl in my church tells me that she is only pretty when she wears fake eye lashes, a weave down to her waist and a pair of stilettos... which are cheap and she struggles to walk in them.

... When I read about a young couple who fall 6 stories to their death. Lovebirds plunge from Bronx roof to their death after night of clubbing

... When a 7 year-old girl tells me that she just got her hair done and she's wearing tight pants so she knows when she goes to Chuck E. Cheese, she's going to get her man.

... When a pregnant woman enters a train and all of the big burly men are sitting down, turning away or blatantly acting like they are asleep so they won't have to give up their seats.

7 comments:

Ticia said...

WHOA - pretty tough stuff -

Men don't get up anymore - I am convinced!

MsKnowitAll said...

Chivalry is definitely dead. I appreciate the man who offers his seat or his help.

clnmike said...

Man those were tough.

Lovebabz said...

Sigh.

Now find examples of chivalry, strength and love! See those things. See the beauty and let that be the prevailing vision.

It is easy to see the harsh, the vulgar and the disrespectful. Change you mind and see the opposite.

Kiayaphd said...

There are some days when it really does seem that trouble is all around.

The evidence of low self esteem and anxiety in children breaks my heart. At 7 and 14, they should feel, no, scratch that, KNOW that they can conquer the world, not worrying over how the world will conquer THEM!

Kay C, The Quiet Storm said...

*Deep Sigh*

Sadly, today's children only know what they are taught. I always ask them to explain to me why they believe what they said. And after a few minutes you can see them thinking about it. Sometimes it only takes a minute to plant a new seed. Especially if no one has ever introduced other ideas to them.

Chivalry is not dead, it just may a little harder to find thus making it more precious when you do find it.

MsKnowitAll said...

Clnmike... the 14 attacked with gasoline story really stuck with me. i wonder where these children are getting this mess from.

Lovebabz... i will do the reverse post later on this week... always encouraging - you're so amazing!

Kiaya & Kay C... the 14 year-old is my little mentee. i loved her so since i first met her when she was 3. she is so beautiful and honestly i think the make-up hides her beauty, like she's afraid of herself. i ask her the "why" questions every time i see her and she's always vague and walks away. we're starting a new young lady program at my church so i'll probably be posting more about that later...

Chivalry... all i can say is i wish it were more embedded in our everyday - for men and women.