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2 - October 18, 2012 Yol4r Hometown Newspaper News Outlook Heaven Is A Lot Like By Charles Mattox "Foolishness is bound in the heart of a child; but the rod of correction shall drive it from him." Book of Proverbs Chapter 22 verse 15 "If (a commander) is so undisciplined with (his sol- diers) that he cannotbring them into proper order, they will be like spoiled children who can be put to no good use at all." Sun Tzu, Chinese Gen- eral, author of The Art of War written in passed down nearly 2600 years ago. 'This highway leads to the shadowy tip of reality: you're on a through route to the land of the different, the bizarre, the unexplainable Go as far as you like on this road. Its limits are only those of mind itself. Ladies and Gentlemen, hours in the very heart of starred at me as if I'd just that, but I see what I see other way around. I do not you're entering the wondrous one of the larger communi- thrown a bucket of water and lhearthe horror stories admire the job they have dimension of imagination ties in northeastern Ken- upon them both. from parents who fear the before them, but there is Next stop The Twilight tucky-Flemingsburg). They both stood perfect- government and fear los- no need for some of the se. Zone " So I looked at the direc- ly still and mean-mugged ing their children to agen-, crecy. Rod Sterling. tion fromwhere the piercing me to the point where I cies that have case workers Some baby-boomers such wails came from and guess started feeling guilty before who don't have children and as myself;, remain appalled I was in the parking lot what I saw, dear reader? they both simplyturned to have never even raised a at the total breakdown of of a fairly popular, regional I saw a young brat, maybe one another and, yep, you child, discipline in youth today business the other day when five years old, poking an el- guessed it, returned to what Maybe the people who tell and we see where that road the shrieking voice of a loud derly woman in the chest re- must have been a frequent- me these things are liars, leads And the ffamily rood- youngster did more than peatedly with his extended ly-played loud version of I have no personal knowl- el'is, well, a strange looking caught my attention; it was index finger, all the while their own little special game edge Of the inner workings animal indeed these days. so loud, so repetitive and so shrieking at the top of his called "YOU'RE A STUPID of such agencies, due to the I am staunchly against violent in volume and tone, lungs "YOU'RE A STUPID I" very secret nature of them child abuse, but I am very that it couldn't be ignored !" After an eternity the truck and with the courts sur- pro-child discipline. There The single sentence that I froze, as if I had just en- which was hauling the dy- rounding all things related is a difference. was shrieked over and over tered The Twilight Zone. namic duo pulled out of to children. Few things in this world was somewhat difficult to I just stood their slack- the parking lot with reverb I've always thought secret are as destructive to a corn- understand at first, but after jawed staring at the pitiful shrieks echoing down the agencies were anti-Ameri- munity as a spoiled brat hearing it two dozen times sight; the elderly woman roadway as theywent, can but again, that's just a who grows into adulthood in a voice loud enough to trying as best as she could I was the only one left in personal perspective,with the same mind set that peel paint, I understood it as to simultaneously be invis- the parking lot. I have never had any per- anything the child does is "YOU'RE A STUPID "I' ible and stillherd this young I felt like I had just wit- sonai or professional deal- acceptable. can't print the last word, but Tasmanian-Devil-of-a-brat nessed some sort of social ings with any social worker I don't know very much Webster refers to it as "afe- toward her truck, rape, which had victimized that I am aware of due to any about the bully situation in male dog." He gave a good three me as well as the elderly family, personal or other is- the local schools, except to The shrieking went on shrieks and stiff-armed woman, sue, as I am defmitely on the say that it does exist and I'd and on, "YOU'RE A STU- pokes with each reluctant The child's behavior has "outside looking in." bet some of the bullying is PID I YOU'RE A STUPID step. disturbed me even more But I continue to hear bad done by children like Tas- I" I went from being than that of the victimized things and thus Ihave prom- manian Devil Junior who The rude sentence, spo- shocked to being embar- woman, judging by her reac- ised myself that if the Good will grow up "never doing ken so frequently and force- rassed, which quickly gave tion, or rather her decision Lord is willing, I will begin anything wrong" and pro- fully, that I'm sure it would wayto shame for the woman not to react, my own investigative work tected by failed agencies have shamed a drunken and then simple disgust. I am told that 'social ser- on these services in relation and guardians. sailor, demanded my atten- "I sure hope you bust his vices' working in conjunc- to how many children in the It isn't wrong to let chil- tion: perhaps a lunatic had little rear end!" I said in a tion with law enforcement region are impacted and dren know they aren't the escaped from some insane voice louder than I actually agencies have sabotaged whatever else I can. ones in charge. It isn't asylum and was making his meant to use when I finally family discipline and some It is also my understand- wrong to discipline a chiM way through the middle of came out of my stupor,case workers for CFHS are ing that case workers and when they need it, either in my local community (that's For a split second, grand- causing more problems their supervisors earn their private or in public. right, this occurred in day- ma and the shrieldng Tas- than they are solving. I can't pay through tax revenue, so light in normal business manian Devil froze, and say if there is any truth to they work for us; it isn't the W By Cecil Lawson Looking out the office window, it's a nice sunny fall day, maybe a little warmer than the season demands, ONE days I've actually taken off lnm, the movement reach- from reporting since March hag its limit before turning 2011. back and heading the other And then Saturday I way. One experiencewould went to both Preston and Mt. Sterling Court Days. I moved with the crowds, took lots of pictures, and en- joyed the food smells. The contrast between the relative quiet of hiking in the hills and the crush of the Saturday crowds was in- teresting, even instrhctive. enrich the other. But it seems like some- thing in our present world has broken down, that fluid movement back and forth, back and forth, between sol- itude and community. Now it is either one or the other. Think of the present em- phasis on sports ,for our THE OTHER of the World Trade Center Towers collapsing in 2001, and most of us today share our personal tragedies and dramas through Facebook. Technology and the abil- ity to communicate have changed so rapidly in the last 20 years that we have not had time to get used to these changes and develop manners and rules of civil- ity that preserve both truly communal part of.commu- event to cover in the eve- In a broader sense, there outside of school. uing, and I'm waiting for is a time for solitude, and But except for a few any emergency situations to there is a time for commu- sports such as tennis, or happen, nity. One situation always golf, and some track and I sit here and think about nourishes and enriches the field events, the room for how far I've come. About other, individual achievement is three years ago, I had just That source of ancient, set aside for the value of finished up with graduate uncanny Chinese wisdom, teamwork. The collective school and was waiting for the Tao Te Ching, has a pas- element tends to dominate my diploma and applying sage that is strikes the nail in youth sports, overshad- for professors' positions, on the head: owing individual effort. Two years ago, I was pull- When one recognizes On the other hand, most ing weeds and digging post beauty as beauty, ugliness ap- of our personal pursuits holes and counting my pen- pears; today are incredibly isolat- nies. Last year, I had this When one recognizes good ing. While the internet job but was enduring a lot of as good, evil appears; connects us all in incredible personal and office turmoil Therefore ways, just take a moment here at the paper. Being and non-being grow to watching people textiugl Today, I have a lot to be out of one another, or chatting with someone grateful for. I feel very for- Difficult and easy cmnplete on a computer. While they tunate to even have a job. I one another, are absorbed in what is hap- look at how much people Long and short contrast pening on a 4 inch or a 17 around me struggle with one another, inch screen, they literally their workplaces, how far High and low positionturn their backs on the rest they have to drive, how un- each other, of immediate world around deremployed so many are. Loud and soft depend on them. Recently I peeled myself eachother, The same is true ofwateh- away from my desk and Front and back define each ing a movie or a TV show, my writing pad and took other and even reading a book. a long hike with my friend Neither solitude nor com- We live in a world today Tom around a new trail in munity exists without each that, for good or ill, is heavi- Boonesborough and up on other.Each defines the ly regulated and which forc- the Pinnacles near Berea. other, es us to deal with people in It was the first long hike In an ideal world, I sup- ways that our parents' never I've taken since 2010 on the pose the movement back dreamed. The easy small Sheltowee Trace Trail at and forth between solitude town experience of the past Clear Creek. and community would is gone. We all shared in It was also one of the few move like a clock's pendu- watching repeated footage butnice e e The crowds confirmed J$ids. e, w tourkids nications apart from the ingcredit. 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