Change in attitudes reflect societal ills


I’m like a lot of people these days, getting vicarious kicks reading some of the bizarre and fringe takes on the items of the day that show up on the Internet.

One of my favorite sites is, where a lot of the most inane, or hateful, or disgusting things found on Twitter are examined and rightly mocked.

Facebook also has its share of pedantic trollery, since it’s easy to take a stand for your pet cause and spew hate when you’re behind the wall of electronics. But that’s about the extent of my forays into the social morass.

There’s other stuff out there, like tumblr, Snapchat and Instagram, but I only can keep up with one or two. That’s not a problem, though, as inevitably, one of the other areas will spill into my little world.

The last time it did, last week, actually, was a missive culled from tumblr that someone very close to me reposted, with the comments that the writer really was right. The subject of the missive was an admonishment of all adults who had children, saying that expecting a child to be productive, follow the rules of the house, help provide for the home and family was a terrible thing to do.

The reasoning behind this was the hypothetical child did not ask to be born, and as such, was the responsibility of the adult until said child decided it no longer needed to be cared for. It also posited that 18 was only an arbitrary number and not a real measure of adulthood.

There was more along this vein, but it only served to aggravate me. It also had me thinking about how someone could come to this belief, which led me to society.

When society decided that children needed more coddling, focusing on feelings and self-worth instead of instilling a moral code, life skills and nurturing abilities, it created a class of people who believe that they’re owed any and everything — the common phrase being “it’s my right.”

What’s missing here is that rights only are instilled by our Creator, and determined by Him, not by the people who want those rights. What’s also missing is the contribution of responsibility of the troll.

There’s another missing element, and that is of relationships. With few exceptions, parents have children out of love. That love is passed on, generation after generation, which is how society came to be. That is the legacy that should be the focus of children as they grow: love. Not need, not hate, not rights or avoiding responsibility.


•While on the subject of bizarre trains of thought, this week’s Headline of Note comes from Fox and down under, and begs the question, “Why?”

Woman obsessed with 'body modification' tattoos eyeballs blue.

This is part of an ongoing “transformation” of a woman, who has sunk more than $8,000 into things like a tongue split, pointy ears and lots of tattoos.

Even if not perfect in the eyes of those beauty- or fashion-conscious, your body — more importantly, your self — is a gift, and is perfect no matter how it looks.

I believe it’s more important to look inside than outside.

Tony Farkas is publisher of the Madisonville Meteor.