A reader reacted to one of my dialogues. The dialogue went as follows:
The young child, around age seven, threw the paper on the floor. A woman sitting near by nicely asked the young boy to pick the paper up and place it in the nearby garbage can. The child screamed.
At first I thought the child had stepped on something. The child ran to the mother who had already begun to challenge the woman’s right to educate her son. I watched in silent amazement as the dissolution of a culture put on a live performance. The offending lady begged forgiveness but the mother and child would not let it go. The eventually packed up their toys,placed them in a vote for Hillary tote bag, and left muttering at the nerve of the woman.
The woman looked at me and said, “You did not seem phased by this transaction?”
“No, I come from a very liberal city where this is common.” ******
I left FaceBook, I write for myself, I even left the U.S. I decided that the world was no longer a place where my input made a difference. However I thought the woman’s interjection to the boy’s behavior appropriate. The world is now in the hands of the young. I can only hope that the mindset of these future leaders does not lean in that direction.
So I brought this incident up with people I knew. Most people stated they would have followed the lead of the correcting woman and encouraged the child to throw the paper away. Some even stated the rewarding good behavior as a psychological principle. I thought that positive.
Then I saw these same people violate the psychological principle they just espoused. They agreed that opening trade relations with Cuba, a failed policy, to be a positive event for the people of Cuba. A friend of mine pointed out that the Cuban government has killed, tortured and abused their people for 50 years and he saw this trade agreement as rewarding bad behavior(which I silently agreed). Well you would have thought he told one of these people’s children to pick up their trash.