I”m a bit of an anarchist by nature and yet, as some people are terrible at self-governing,

Yeah, i think you’re right. It’s funny, I”m a bit of an anarchist by nature and yet, as some people are terrible at self-governing, I’m not against government altogether. I don’t like the legal system and the courts and the police as they operate now and yet, it’s there and in theory, it’s to allow justice for all. In theory of course. But it’s something.
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Definitely. I guess for me, my main concern with this here, was Zack. I think he found a good enough scapegoat that nobody would argue with, that deserves vigilante justice. I know it happens and don’t expect that to change, but I don’t cheer it on. I believe all citizens deserve their day in court and going around bashing people’s heads in isn’t something I’d want anybody to cheer.
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 ‘Exactly. I mean, I understand Zack sees the man as a hero, a man who was courageous enough to buck the system, act independently to enact justice against children… and can’t imagine people doing that en masse. But it _can_ happen. Lynch mobs happen.
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 Yeah, that bothers me as well. It’s society’s responsibility to catch these things and at least try but not so harshly that anybody who has those tendencies would fear to tell anybody. If you’re 14 yrs old, pretty sure that you’ll be parking a van with Free Hugs on the side someday, you ALSO know not to tell anybody because you don’t want to get stuck in the system.
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There’s always a segment that can’t be rehabilitated but reintegration, I think, is even more valuable than rehabilitation. They get dumped on the street only to face the same situations that put them there, with no life skills or support. There needs to be “After prison” programs where they can get help, not just a parole officer who stops by on occasion (or pretends to), to mark attendance at their home.
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 You hit on one of my dreams there. Nationwide skills programs. Free skills improvement, testing (that has Resume validity), job placement assistance… I mean they have sparse bits and pieces of it, but I’m thinking something anybody could walk off the street and join in at will, leave at will… nationwide: and, it would count on paper.
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 Well, I *did* see one possible for kids at least just yesterday. I don’t watch much TV these days but I’ll catch something online and I saw something John Oliver recently did about Charter schools. I knew about them but not much beyond people loving or hating them. He was right about the negatives and abuses and yet I thought, Why can’t this SAME charter school system be used to create Unschools / Free Schools / democratic schools (they have different names). Basically schools that teach democracy and self-empowerment simultaneously through the experience of a working democracy. Fix the problem early by giving a proper functioning society within schools and it can carry up to the greater society. But if you have schools that look, act and feel like prison, and your home life is even crappier than that, well, where would you go as an adult? Back to the same type of system you knew.
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Sometimes military people accustomed to the regime end up snapping in society, probably subconsciously wanting to go back to a regimented system where things made sense. to them.
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I think it’s because nobody really knows what they’re doing. There’s nobody who can teach because nobody really knows. Everybody is scrambling to survive and/or thrive. But it doen’t have to be like that.
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 I was going to be a schoolteacher. I wanted to teach middle school, special ed (which is both “slow” (I hate that term) and gifted. I was surprised when I took a long career test (that I paid for) that actually HAD that show up as my #1. I knew it’s where I fit. Haven’t done it yet though. The job in theory would be great. The system I’d have to enter, isn’t and being restrained from performing to capacity would drive me nuts.
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Teacher training is basically Grade 13. To teach, you have to know just a little more than the student, but not much more. I have respect for teachers mostly BECAUSE they don’t get the kind of training you’d think they get. I took some courses in elementary education just never finished it. And yeah – anybody outside of the “bell curve” of ‘normal’ is put in the same category.
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 School of motivation. Definitely. I’m for that 100%. 5th grade cilnched it for me. I peeked in the teacher’s book and saw it was the same book but with the answers. I lifted it up and said, “Look, she’s got the answers here! she doesn’t know that much more – she’s reading it!”… and 10 yr old me was the hero for a moment. It was a bit of a childhood ruined moment for me ’cause I thought they were demigods but the rest of my school career I had a wiser head about the system.
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My nephew’s 11 now, lives at the house. I had the opportunity to be supportive of him when he started to see the “cracks in the system” in 3rd grade — same time I did. [that’s why by 5th I HAD to see what they were working with]. Similar situation to mine: art class. Made me give up thinking I could draw at all. He stopped for a whole YEAR – I couldn’t convince him to start again but one day he did on his own.
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 Same. Plus, the teachers who want to make a difference are straight-jacketed by a system that keeps them from performing as teachers. They’re just as imprisoned. Plus, once a teacher, it’s a career, so if you’ve lost the ‘spark’ you once had, you still need to eat and pay the mortgage so, off to the job.
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 But, I believe in the potential for a better future. I enact it. I’m on a lot of social networks and with a huge influx of Generation Z online, I don’t want to see them NOT have a signpost of some adult approval for their creative efforts : I want them to feel that “they’re doing great!”. So, on Vine, iFunny, musically, Google+, I’m there. I keep everything public (I don’t engage in private messages because I don’t want to get THAT personally involved) – but I both get to express my own stupid creativity, give “words of wisdom” now and again, and I spam them with likes on their stuff. They’re here. The internet is their realm now but there’s no guideposts and there’s many areas of online that kids get rekt : xBox culture for example can destroy good kids and can make them bad because there’s a mix of adults competing with kids in kids games and being proud of “wrecking squeakers”. But I can’t help everybody. I just help how and who I can where I’m at.
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That’s awesome! As far as being misinformed? Honestly, nobody knows what they’re really doing. That’s the sad part about society. You’d think SOMEBODY knows “what’s up” but everybody’s scrambling. The most “together” looking person is just a scared little kid inside. The CEO of big corporations is afraid of getting knocked off due to lawsuit in the company, same as a kid worrying about a bad grade on a quiz. The world isn’t run by adults. I’m convinced that adulthood is a myth.
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and I know that feeling of wanting to hang out in person. I spent my whole 20s going, “Why can’t I just walk up to someone and say, “Wanna be friends?” like I did in Kindergarten. What’s stopping us as adults from doing that? So, online provides a substitute which makes it easier here. But I’d love to see it in real life.
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I *love* the verb “to adult”. It only popped up a few years back – gosh maybe 10 years ago is the first time I saw it, if that. There’s a whole generation that sees through the cracks but is paralyzed to fix it.
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 Oh I know you are. But your generation got the shit end of the stick. I’m a late GenX nerd. I had early 80s video games. I was a Whiz kid, a “War Games” matthew broderick. I grew up on the flourescent colors, the messages of hopeful futures and stuff. I got on the internet years before there was a www: I remember www coming out – I thought it wouldn’t work. GenZ is lucky because they’re RAISED online (not all but many) and have formed their own subcultures – happy ones. But GenY? Got screwed. Helicopter parents. Student debt. I could say all the ways you got screwed over but you know them better than I do.
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 You had the LEAST amount of freedoms (kids today have MORE freedoms but there’s a long way to go yet), the MOST pressure from systems, all the responsibility and none of the training… AND you were encouraged to fight each other – keeps the powerful in power.
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 DON’T FAIL AT ANYTHING OR YOU’RE A FAILURE AT LIFE. That’s the message you got. You and millions. The school shootings? I knew why. Your generation got skipped: all under the “guise” of “We Must Protect The Children”. Sure, they protected you. They protected you from believing you could achieve while making you believe you HAD to.
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 School’s mostly useless beyond elementary. Some countries start job training around that time. It’s not the worst idea.
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 Yeah, you aren’t told your options. Parents aren’t either. It’s still like that but with online, kids can find out for themselves and TELL their parents. So that’s something. The secret walls have been coming down. lol – yeah bread boxes. Reaching for toilet paper, finding none and realizing, “Oh shit, it doesn’t magically appear.. I have to buy the stuff? Damn shit’s expensive”.
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I laugh because it’s relatible. Nobody teaches this stuff. Home economics, “how to get a job”, how to win friends and engage with people, this is stuff you use your whole life but who teaches it? Very few.
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 Awesome! and yes, that’s the truth. It’s easy to point fingers and say, “THEIR FAULT! (not mine)”. And sure, there’s a lot out of our control. But there’s a lot out of everybody’s control. It’d be GREAT if there was some evil entity secretly in control of stuff: at least SOMEBODY would know what’s going on. But when you realize NOBODY really knows what’s going on and we’re all doing what we can to make it somehow… it’s frightening. Raw. And true.
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Yes! Dude, you’re giving me hope, I just want to say. You’re one of those rare folks that I look for online who “get it”. Thank you for all those likes which encouraged me to friend request you: it’s nice to know I’m not alone in this stuff. and in these ideas.
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[sorry for Dude but you didn’t seem like a Bruh – I never get the right pronoun and always feel silly with my choice
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and yes I believe transformation of society is completely possible. I like the analogy of a healthy infection: I try to infect “what’s right” into things wherever I go. Top-down is a pain in the ass but within the system? Person to person? it ripples outwardsly and the more people that infect the system with “what’s good” and what’s right… then change can take down the biggest of giants from within.
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