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Sunday, November 26, 2017

The Fragile Generation

"We have raised a generation of young people who have not been given the opportunity to…experience failure and realize they can survive it." - Professor Peter Gray

Below is an article I recently received from a friend (thank you, Cathy)...It's some of the most depressing stuff I've read in a long time.

It's a long article, and I recommend it for everyone.  I'm a realist, however, and know most won't read it all.  So, I've pulled some of the most important quotes.  That said, I really do recommend the entire article.

But I want to start off with a video first.

The Fragile Generation
By:  Lenore Skenazy & Jonathan Haidt

The quotes below are pulled from various parts of the article.  They are not necessarily in order, and absolutely are not the entire article - not even close...Please give them some time and thought.  We can't afford to be raising children who are stunted mentally or emotionally.  If for no other reason, they are the ones who will eventually be leading our country and taking care of us.

"Children today are safer and smarter than this culture gives them credit for. They deserve the freedom we had. The country's future prosperity and freedom depend on it."

"How did we come to think a generation of kids can't handle the basic challenges of growing up?…We've had the best of intentions, of course. But efforts to protect our children may be backfiring. When we raise kids unaccustomed to facing anything on their own, including risk, failure, and hurt feelings, our society and even our economy are threatened. Yet modern child-rearing practices and laws seem all but designed to cultivate this lack of preparedness. There's the fear that everything children see, do, eat, hear, and lick could hurt them."

"Parents, teachers, and professors are talking about the growing fragility they see. It's hard to avoid the conclusion that the overprotection of children and the hypersensitivity of college students could be two sides of the same coin. By trying so hard to protect our kids, we're making them too safe to succeed."

"Ironically, there are real health dangers in not walking, or biking, or hopping over that stump. A Johns Hopkins study this summer found that the typical 19-year-old is as sedentary as a 65-year-old."

"Of course, it's natural to want to see kids happy. But the real secret to happiness isn't more high fives; it's developing emotional resilience. In our mania for physical safety, coupled with our recent tendency to talk about 'emotional safety,' we have systematically deprived our children of the thousands of challenging - and sometimes upsetting - experiences that they need in order to learn that resiliency. And in our quest to protect them, we have stolen from children the best resilience training known to man: free play."

"It's tempting to blame 'helicopter parents' for today's less resilient kids. But when all the first-graders are walking themselves to school, it's easy to add yours to the mix. When your child is the only one, it's harder. And that's where we are today. Norms have dramatically changed. The kind of freedom that seemed unremarkable a generation ago has become taboo, and in some cases even illegal."

"When parents curtail their kids' independence, they're not just depriving the younglings of childhood fun. They are denying themselves the grown-up joy of seeing their kids do something smart, brave, or kind without parental guidance."

"When we don't let our kids do anything on their own, we don't get to see just how competent they can be - and isn't that, ultimately, the greatest reward of parenting? We need to make it easier for grown-ups to let go while living in a society that keeps warning them not to."

"By trying to keep children safe from all risks, obstacles, hurt feelings, and fears, our culture has taken away the opportunities they need to become successful adults. In treating them as fragile - emotionally, socially, and physically - society actually makes them so."

"Nothing we do, no amount of toys we buy or 'quality time' or special training we give our children, can compensate for the freedom we take away. The things that children learn through their own initiatives, in free play, cannot be taught in other ways." Professor Peter Gray

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Thanksgiving - What I'm Most Thankful For This Year

All the way into 3/4th of the year I was certain the thing I'd be 'Most Thankful For This Year' would be HILLARY CLINTON NOT BEING PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES...And then I got a call around 7 PM on September 21st.

Those with good memories should note, in 2016 I was 'Most Thankful For My Brother-in-Law's Car' - which probably saved our lives; or at the very least allowed us to carry on with our lives as we had prior to our accident...That event was on September 21, 2016.

Incredibly, this year, September 21, 2017, around 7 PM, I got a call from my youngest daughter that she'd been in a car accident...The car was totaled - she was not.

Even more incredibly, the next week, September 28, 2017, around 5 PM, I got another call that my oldest daughter was the main attraction in a four car accident...The car was totaled - she was not.

I say it all that time:  'The four of us have been so blessed and lucky' (me, my wife and children), and in this span of seven days it was proven again.  It sucks that we lost two cars, but we are more than thankful that those two cars did their job - taking the beating and protecting my wife's and my most precious gifts:  Our Daughters.

I detest Hillary Clinton and all of her Liberal pals, but I would have lived to fight another day had she become POTUS and the Democrats taken over control of Congress...I am not so sure I could say the same had anything truly terrible happened to my kids.

For that reason, on this Thanksgiving holiday I am most thankful for the continues luck of my family - specifically for the fact my daughters are okay after what could have been a horrific seven days in September.

Here's hoping next year I can be thankful for something not involving cars.
On a different note:  Please keep our service men and women in mind...Especially those celebrating the holidays away from their loved ones.


Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Lincoln's Thanksgiving Proclamation (1863 - During the Civil War)

By the President of the United States of America.

A Proclamation.

The year that is drawing towards its close, has been filled with the blessings of fruitful fields and healthful skies. To these bounties, which are so constantly enjoyed that we are prone to forget the source from which they come, others have been added, which are of so extraordinary a nature, that they cannot fail to penetrate and soften even the heart which is habitually insensible to the ever watchful providence of Almighty God. In the midst of a civil war of unequaled magnitude and severity, which has sometimes seemed to foreign States to invite and to provoke their aggression, peace has been preserved with all nations, order has been maintained, the laws have been respected and obeyed, and harmony has prevailed everywhere except in the theatre of military conflict; while that theatre has been greatly contracted by the advancing armies and navies of the Union. Needful diversions of wealth and of strength from the fields of peaceful industry to the national defence, have not arrested the plough, the shuttle or the ship; the axe has enlarged the borders of our settlements, and the mines, as well of iron and coal as of the precious metals, have yielded even more abundantly than heretofore. Population has steadily increased, notwithstanding the waste that has been made in the camp, the siege and the battle-field; and the country, rejoicing in the consciousness of augmented strength and vigor, is permitted to expect continuance of years with large increase of freedom. No human counsel hath devised nor hath any mortal hand worked out these great things. They are the gracious gifts of the Most High God, who, while dealing with us in anger for our sins, hath nevertheless remembered mercy. It has seemed to me fit and proper that they should be solemnly, reverently and gratefully acknowledged as with one heart and one voice by the whole American People. I do therefore invite my fellow citizens in every part of the United States, and also those who are at sea and those who are sojourning in foreign lands, to set apart and observe the last Thursday of November next, as a day of Thanksgiving and Praise to our beneficent Father who dwelleth in the Heavens. And I recommend to them that while offering up the ascriptions justly due to Him for such singular deliverances and blessings, they do also, with humble penitence for our national perverseness and disobedience, commend to His tender care all those who have become widows, orphans, mourners or sufferers in the lamentable civil strife in which we are unavoidably engaged, and fervently implore the interposition of the Almighty Hand to heal the wounds of the nation and to restore it as soon as may be consistent with the Divine purposes to the full enjoyment of peace, harmony, tranquillity and Union.

In testimony whereof, I have hereunto set my hand and caused the Seal of the United States to be affixed.

Done at the City of Washington, this Third day of October, in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and sixty-three, and of the Independence of the Unites States the Eighty-eighth.

By the President: Abraham Lincoln

William H. Seward, Secretary of State


Monday, November 20, 2017

George Washington's 1789 Thanksgiving Proclamation

**NOTE: Amazingly, shortly after the Thanksgiving Proclamation was written  it was lost for 130 years. The original document was written in long hand by William Jackson, secretary to the President, and was then signed by George Washington. It was probably misplaced or mixed in with some private papers when the U.S. capitol moved from New York to Washington, D.C. The original manuscript was not placed in the National Archives until 1921 when Dr. J. C. Fitzpatrick, assistant chief of the manuscripts division of the Library of Congress, found the proclamation at an auction sale being held at an art gallery in New York. Dr Fitzpatrick purchased the document for $300.00 for the Library of Congress, in which it now resides. It was the first official presidential proclamation issued in the United States.

Whereas it is the duty of all nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey His will, to be grateful for His benefits, and humbly to implore His protection and favor; and Whereas both Houses of Congress have, by their joint committee, requested me to recommend to the people of the United States a day of public thanksgiving and prayer, to be observed by acknowledging with grateful hearts the many and signal favors of Almighty God, especially by affording them an opportunity peaceably to establish a form of government for their safety and happiness.

Now, therefore, I do recommend and assign Thursday, the 26th day of November next, to be devoted by the people of these States to the service of that great and glorious Being who is the beneficent author of all the good that was, that is, or that will be; that we may then all unite in rendering unto Him our sincere and humble thanks for His kind care and protection of the people of this country previous to their becoming a nation; for the signal and manifold mercies and the favorable interpositions of His providence in the course and conclusion of the late war; for the great degree of tranquility, union, and plenty which we have since enjoyed; for the peaceable and rational manner in which we have been enable to establish constitutions of government for our safety and happiness, and particularly the national one now lately instituted for the civil and religious liberty with which we are blessed, and the means we have of acquiring and diffusing useful knowledge; and, in general, for all the great and various favors which He has been pleased to confer upon us.

And also that we may then unite in most humbly offering our prayers and supplications to the great Lord and Ruler of Nations and beseech Him to pardon our national and other transgressions; to enable us all, whether in public or private stations, to perform our several and relative duties properly and punctually; to render our National Government a blessing to all the people by constantly being a Government of wise, just, and constitutional laws, discreetly and faithfully executed and obeyed; to protect and guide all sovereigns and nations (especially such as have shown kindness to us), and to bless them with good governments, peace, and concord; to promote the knowledge and practice of true religion and virtue, and the increase of science among them and us; and, generally to grant unto all mankind such a degree of temporal prosperity as He alone knows to be best.

Given under my hand, at the city of New York, the 3d day of October, A.D. 1789.

President George Washington


Sunday, November 19, 2017

PRAGER UNIVERSITY: What's the Truth About the First Thanksgiving?

"We teach what isn’t taught." - Dennis Prager

This semester of Prager University is presented by:  Michael Medved

“Today, with our continued blessings so obvious, and so overwhelming, the only reason to treat this beloved national holiday as a time of mourning is that some foolish Americans actually think that’s a good idea.  The Pilgrims knew better.  They understood that people of every culture and every era can gain more from gratitude than from guilt.” – M.M

“The celebration, later know as, the First Thanksgiving, actually involved a three-day harvest festival in October.  Apparently inspired by the biblical holiday of Sukkot, or the Feast of Tabernacles.  Ninety hungry Indian warriors joined the 53 surviving Pilgrims for this occasion…[T]he sense of purpose of the original Pilgrims left a permanent imprint on the national character…They saw themselves as instruments, not masters, of a mysterious master plan." - M.M.

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