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Response to 1StrongBlackMan (Reply #47)

Tue Dec 2, 2014, 05:12 PM

57. Thank you. Yes, we definitely need more empathy in this cruel world.

 

Cruelty and bullying seems to start at an early age, and negatively impacts almost everyone; women, GLBTs, and certainly minorities. And it is born of privelege, whether it be the privelge of being white, or male, or tall, or popular, or good-looking.

I believe I've done a very good job of raising my son. I had a nasty childhood myself; bullies terrorized my neighborhood and schools. Dads were among the biggest offenders.

I think this generation of Millenials are, on balance, good people, certainly better than the Baby Boomers. I have a theory on that - my generations' parents were raised in wartime, and went off to commit unspeakable horrors in the war. They came back traumatized, but with no treatment of any kind available, so they self-medicated with pain killers and alcohol. Moms kept their mouths shut while Dads went crazy.

My wife and my friends had the same experience - drunken dad, indifferent and frightened mom. We didn't get a lot of love and protection. Thankfully we've heaped tons of love and gentleness on our own kids, and I think it shows in the end product.

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