Tonight I’ve been reminded of a debate I had with my cousin Chad a number of months ago. We didn’t get along when we were kids, always thought of him as mean. If I would have thought of it when I was a kid, would have thought that never in my lifetime would he and I ever be friends. Never would I ever have thought that he would have been one of the few people to ever make me see his view in a debate.
Not exactly sure, but thinking it was sometime this past summer or spring, I was watching O’Reilly and he was debating John Stossel on whether kids have it better now or if kids had it better 50 years ago. They had quite the debate and I decided to ask the question on Facebook. Several people commented, we had quite the debate, people on both sides of the aisle on the topic.
Chad and I disagreed. He believed kids have it better now and I believe and still do believe that MOST kids had it better 50 years ago.
My view point stems from how kids seem to grow up so much faster now, life isn’t always safe for kids. The world is a more dangerous place, in my personal opinion. There are all these electronic gadgets that we didn’t have, we got out and played more. We had imaginations. There are still kids out there that aren’t addicted to the machines, there are kids out there that still have great imaginations…it just seems as though there are fewer. There are so many things that I see that make me believe that kids back then had life better.
Ran into my cousin a couple weeks or so after the conversation on Facebook. He brought up the topic and he was like, man, I just don’t see how you can’t see that kids have life so much better now. Then he threw something at me that I didn’t even think of. He said, what about the black kids, what was their life like back 50 years ago? Their lives are so much better now. That thought had never even crossed my mind. That was the first and last time he was ever able to sway me.
Damn, in one day it will be two months since he passed away. It would be great to be able to have a disagreement with him again!