Questions on my Mind Lately

1. Why would a teacher tolerate bullying in his classroom?

2. If a divorced mother is “bat-shit insane,” how does that justify a divorced father verbally abusing his own child?

3. Is it just my imagination, or do some men see children only as extensions of their own mothers, and not as human beings in their own right?

You know what I mean? We all know about men who obviously love their current wives’ children, but act like their former wives’ children don’t exist. We all know about men who refuse to pay child support because they see it as funding their ex-wives’ leisure. We’ve seen news stories in which men kill not only their ex-lovers, but also those lovers’ children. And we’ve all seen nature shows on PBS in which animals purposely kill the children of other animals.

So what’s up with that? Are some men closer to the animal world, in all its savage nobility, than the rest of us? Or are these just the same old human men we’ve seen forever, who were trained by other men to believe that women and children are less than human?

4. If I’m such a good person, why am I not teaching? So many messed-up human beings are teaching by default. I claim to actually care about children, so why don’t I put my money where my mouth is?

5. If I go to my suburb’s Chick-Fil-A on a Friday night, and I see blond jocks and cheerleaders make fun of the high-school students working the counter, what should I do? Should I say really loudly to my boyfriend, “What kind of losers spend their Friday nights making fun of people who have jobs?” Or does that only exacerbate the situation–make me the same kind of bully I despise?

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Posted in pop culture, psychobabble, venting on 04/24/2007 11:24 am

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