I don't think anyone would argue that most children today are exposed to a lot more violence than 50 years ago. Yes, we watched Popeye back then, and it was pretty violent, but it was also cartoony and silly and we as children knew it wasn't real. Movies that would have been rated R in the 1970's now seem archaic compared to some of the films that are released today. And I'm always shocked to see all the very young children in the theater whenever I attend an R rated film today.
If we want the world to be a better place, we have to start at home, begin with the choices we make for our own children.
|Florence @ 1920. Looks like she's all dressed up|
to go somewhere special.
Let me tell you what to do.
Set a watch upon your actions,
Keep them always straight and true.
Rid your mind of selfish motives,
Let your thoughts be clean and high.
You can make a little Eden
Of the sphere you occupy.
Do you wish the world were wiser?
Well, suppose you make a start,
By accumulating wisdom
In the scrapbook of your heart;
Do not waste one page on folly;
Live to learn, and learn to live
If you want to give men knowledge
You must get it, ere you give.
Do you wish the world were happy?
Then remember day by day
Just to scatter seeds of kindness
As you pass along the way,
For the pleasures of the many
May be ofttimes traced to one,
As the hand that plants an acorn
Shelters armies from the sun.
~Ella Wheeler Wilcox