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  • “Anne. Why do you think things like this are happening?” She asked as I hung my coat. Without further reference, I knew she was talking about the murders in Connecticut. I always have a theory...be it a conspiracy theory or just a theory.

    “When I was growing up, we had no Facebook, no LinkedIn, no mobile phone...”
    “Where is this going? I’m interested.” She interjected with an impatient, nervous chuckle.
    When you arranged to meet someone, you had to keep your commitment. There was no ‘I’ll text with an excuse.’ Or get side tracked and end up elsewhere because of a phone call from another gathering that seemed of greater interest. Those distractions were not there. You also had to be punctual as there would be great disappointment for someone left waiting and you did not show on time. Our generation are more likely to stay longer in our jobs and relationships because we grew up in a time where commitment was a part of our daily routine.

    We had no internet shopping. One must therefore get up and go get what you needed or wanted. Today’s generation are used to everything coming to them and so we began creating monsters. When faced with a deliberation, or testing times, there is pandemonium. To some, the concern presented to them may seem trivial; but to some, everyone must pay for it. Everything is too easily accessed. The need needs to be appeased immediately.

    The arsenal is available.

    We are reversing key human skills and expect that we won’t have a twenty year old kid blasting his way through a school and gunning down twenty eight people. The regression is not solely assigned to youth; my generation too are devolving because it is around us and some are more impressionable than others and likewise some are more resilient.

    We must embrace change; but never forget the ground rules.

    I always hear, “What is the point of Algebra or Pythagoras Theorem in school? Honestly, it will never be something I use in everyday life.” And little by little, the school work begins to be dumbed down. It is true not all will go on to work for NASA; however it exercises the problem solving part of the brain. And from there, we learn to solve everyday problems not even related to Arithmetic....without riddling an innocent child with as many as eleven bullets.

    I leave and I walk across the bridge.

    This time, I do not stop to take the photograph. I keep walking.

    The picture is obscure.
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