Childhood’s End?

Only not the end envisioned in Arthur C. Clarke’s remarkable sci-fi masterpiece.

Marine Corps Commandant: Less than 30% young men are qualified to join the U.S. Military

and

Big Pharma’s War on Our Children: One Million Kids under Six on Psychiatric Drugs

Are these two alarming statistics related.? And if so, how?

Could it be that, besides the current slow agonizing death of the petrodollar which funds the military, the fact that today’s kids — medicated (like their parents) rather than self-actualized — are not capable enough to join the military might actually bring down the military, thus ending near continuous wars since this pugnacious nation was founded?

If that’s the case, then we don’t even need Clarke’s alien Overlords to shift what is happening on this planet. By the way, I just discovered that Childhood’s End was published in 1953, the same year that Peace Pilgrim began her mission and her message. 

Here’s how Peace Pilgrim talked to college students. Note that her ability to focus on priorities began as a small child, when she decided “First things first.”

How many of our children are capable of her kind of extended, life-long, self-reflection? How many adults?

This entire video is well worth our time.

 

 

 

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One Response to Childhood’s End?

  1. rose day says:

    Re: Marine Corp Recruiting . . . General Neller’s candor is refreshing in comments regarding social media, the age-gap and realistic expectations.

    I would share an additional observation as it relates to the cultural divide that many recruits experience especially as it relates to deployment in the Mid-East wherein centuries-old practices occur regularly (especially involving very young boys) that in the West are viewed as unacceptable and tolerance of which western troops have no frame of reference.

    It is understandable that exposure to such would be phenomenally demoralizing for impressionable young men and women and it requires no great leap to imagine the negative impact on re-enlistment and recruitment.

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