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On My Planet

I am getting very tired of it, and I am unable to change the entire world solely with positive thinking. Today's young people must begin to make better choices, or they will float aimlessly in space in the future.

I pride myself on being positive all the time. I always look for the best in people, and don’t let setbacks stand in the way of progress. However, the world is not mine alone.

The increase in the percentage of young people that have not learned basic respect continues to rise in the American school system. The difference between the level of respect today and even ten years ago is dramatic. Students entitled by our system to a free education think nothing of throwing papers or gum on a classroom floor for others to clean up. Listening to young people yelling obscenities toward their parents is a revolting experience. Watching someone laugh at school authority figures, only to complain when jobs are not available to them on a silver platter after they graduate and want to move away from mommy is sickening.

I am not alone on this planet. I can positively affect individual lives, but the world is comprised of billions. Unless we collectively alter our societal disease that breeds contempt for women, elders, parents, teachers, the disabled, and the rule of law, we will slip back into times less productive and far more uncomfortable.

Those who agree with me are welcome to a seat on the Mother Ship when I return to my home planet, for this is surely not it. Those who don’t, I wish you well.
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  1. JJ, how did you get the song to load with the page? I've been wanting to know how to that, forever.

    Advise?

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  2. Suze: Just go to www.mixpod.com and follow the directions. If you have trouble from there, e-mail me.

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  3. Dear JJ,
    I completely agree with you. In this side of the world it is exactly the same. I wonder if we, as parents, have failed in our mission of trying to create a better and more respectful world.

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  4. I agree w/you JJ and I have realized that we can't control what others do... Its up to them... I find comfort in the fact that karma wins out all the time... They will learn it eventually and if they don't then maybe it wasn't meant to be for them? Anyway, its not worth the stress..

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  5. Friends: It is simply my opinion, but I am sincere in my belief. My children are very respectful, as I hope their children will be.

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  6. I try every day to teach my children respect, gratitude, and hard work. I pray that they are getting it and will turn into capable, productive, and happy adults. I agree with your thoughts completely.
    Miriam@Meatless Meals For Meat Eaters

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  7. It does indeed feel as if we are swimming upstream in this world of entitlement. My sister and I are 9 years apart in age and eons apart in attitude. Especially because of how my sisters life has turned out, I do believe that things have to get better inevitably. Anybody I know with the entitlement attitude ends up with exactly the life they have earned and deserve. If they do mange to learn to be more respectful and sincere along the way it seems that things can change rapidly for the better. The only thing that gets to me is that this attitude is so pervasive that it seems even those who try valiantly to provide an upbringing that will result in respectful people don't always win- at least not at first. Peers are such a major influence.

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  8. Yes, I'll buy a few tickets and be ready to take off too! I'm sure you sadly see so much of this in your everyday life....something horrible really went wrong....but this didn't happen just recently...it's been coming. A few years ago when my 21 year old son was in 5th grade held a door open for a lady who just couldn't stop thanking him and thanking me for his kindness, and quite frankly not letting the door hit her in the face but that very day and still today her comment really stuck...when I was little that was a common thing to do, but as the birthdays have passed so has good manners and respect gone completely, well I'm not too sure where it went...it's just basically gone...ours is a sad world and we are poorer for it, no matter how rich (money-wise) a person is. Great post as always JJ!

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  9. You know that old saying..."Spare the rod spoil the child." I was raised with desipline and so was my daughter. All it took was a stern look from momma and she knew. But back to the issue of todays kids. Well all I can say is respect starts at home. Obviously these kids aren't getting it along with being rewarded with positive affirmation and love. We need positive influences and role models in the youth of today. Maybe it should be taught as a class in public schools every year or you don't advance to the next grade level. But then again, that should be a parenting skill and dumped in a teacher's lap, and lord knows they already have their hands full as it is. Maybe the parents should be held accountable for their children's actions of disrepect. Then again we might have a lot of child abuse cases on the court dockets. What to do, what to do.

    So far, hand to God, my daughter and grandchildren are good children. I don't mean to go on and on here but... a neighbor came by to tell my daughter that her 15 year old son came down and volunteered to help clean up the neighbors yard and would not take money for it. He said I just wanted to tell you because too many people are quick to tell you what your children do wrong instead of telling you what they did right. Save me a seat JJ.~Ames

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  10. Oops mean't to say 'and not dumped in a teacher's lap." Another brain to hand misfire.~Ames

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  11. Miriam: There was no doubt in my mind.

    'Yellow Rose' Jasmine: You are so right!

    Karen S: Great story and so true.

    Ames: I understand. I am also very happy to hear that others think the same way. Sometimes, this can be a lonely planet for sure.

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  12. I hate to say this, but a lot of what young people are saying and doing is coming from what they see on t.v. and in the movies. They see their favorite characters disrespecting their parents, and using profanity, so they do too.

    Ads on t.v. who make fathers out to be idiots are one of my pet peeves. On one ad, a daughter tells her father that he smells! If I had ever said that to my father, there would have been hell to pay. These are ADULTS who create these ads, and they are doing people a disservice!

    Parents need to be more responsible about teaching their children proper decorum, and good manners, but when the parents are yelling obsenities at each other, that lesson goes down the drain.

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  13. Judie: When you're right, you're right. It really is the fault of the parents (or lack thereof).

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  14. Flashback to my high school daughter crying in frustration at my insistence that she speak respectfully to teachers (and to me!) no matter what her peers were doing. "Why do you have such high expectations for me?" she wailed. "High?" I responded. "Expecting you to be a decent human being is the base level expectation."

    Now she is a mom, and I hear her talking about her expectations for her son's behavior as he gets older. I just smile to myself. Maybe there is hope.

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  15. Galen: Funny how that works out. Too bad we have to go through the frustration - but we love them.

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  16. I think it's tempting to believe that this planet is being taken over by those who are ungrateful, spoiled, disrespectful, and selfish. There's ample evidence provided of this on the nightly news, and it's hard to fight the opinion that this planet is just going to hell in a hand basket.

    But there are millions of compassionate, energetic, kind, responsible people out there, and people who once felt entitled are stepping up and learning to do their part.

    This planet, and this country in particular, is so very, very young. We will learn to work together and care for each other because that is what species that survive do.

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  17. I disagree feel free to leave the world but this is my home, my planet for better or for worse and if all you want to see is the child spitting in the street or children expecting the world to be handed to them then that is all you will see. I shall see this and at times despair but then I will see this http://jackdrawsanything.com/ A little boy drawing pictures out of love for his brother and all the other sick children and think his actions vastly out way anything others may do . This boy efforts should be what is being passed around on blogs, facebook and twitter (WHICH IT IS) and marveled at and supported. So I think I will take my chances here on this planet which is every ones planet and walk with my eyes wide open and a smile on my face.

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  18. Phoenix: That's what I like about you. You are a positive spirit. I hope you are right, for the sake of our children and grandchildren.

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  19. Chibi Janine: I applaud kindness and concern for fellow human beings, and as a positive person, I don't disagree with you. It simply does not make up for spitting at teachers. Life is not Algebra, where the positives and negatives cancel each other our with no adverse impact on society.

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