While watching the ORielly Factor tonight, I heard Bill and the panel discussing the plight of a teenage beauty queen who had to give up her crown because she had made a porn video months earlier. The discussion turned to how kids today have gotten to the point where they can't seem to recognize the potential consequences of bad decisions. Are you kidding?
We have made celebrity millionaires out of the Kardasians, The Real Housewives of Whatever, the Jersey Shore crowd. Honey Boo Boo's family makes more money in one episode than many people make in a decade. Politicians and their well connected friends make their fortunes in back room deals and lying to and manipulating the rest of the population. Do you think the kids don't see all this? The whole notion of personal responsibility has been demolished. Everyone is a victim of their circumstances and it doesn't take much imagination to spin any set of circumstances into an excuse.
How can kids or anyone else foresee the consequences of bad decisions when there don't seem to be any bad decisions? In reality there is still some reward in being a decent human being. That is that you get to walk around with the knowledge that you're a decent human being. Personally, I think spending our grandchildren's future earnings on Chinese wind turbines is a much more serious moral offense than making a porn video, but in any case, the kids are clearly not the problem. Many may work things out okay on their own. But the fact that they have to work it out on their own is our fault, not theirs.