A shallow hell where evil
Is an easy joke, forgotten
In a week.
Meanwhile, how about parents teaching responsible drinking? Parents can still allow their teen to have alcohol in the parents’ presence, where ideally, they would learn responsible drinking, say a glass of beer with dinner instead of this incredibly stupid massive downing of cheap horrid stuff that is so a part of American teenage life. My college students from other countries are appalled at such behavior. Most of them have been drinking since a younger age than the Americans and much more responsibly.
Judge Thomas Lipps did an excellent job of conducting the trial, including his decision to try the youths as youths and to hand down a most difficult, harsh, and fair sentence. Anyone who says the boys are getting off easy need
s to spend a year (or three) in the detention facility. More than anything, the judge
articulated eloquently the problem: "Many of the things we learned during this trial that our children were saying and doing were profane, were ugly," Judge Lipps said. I was struck by his use of the word "profane," which I have always thought of as the opposite of religious but neutral, just "nonreligious." Going to my dictionary, I
see that it also means "t
o show contempt for sacred things."
While I am a non-religious person, I still consider the Fifth Commandment, the Golden Rule, and the human body to be sacred. And so I think that it is time to clean out the infection in these places before we put a bandaid over them.
(*I am indebted to reader William Barillas, who pointed me to this quote.)