So curiosity got the best of you, huh?
You are probably wondering why Ryan would link to a blog like mine and why it would be through the word “meaningful”. My comment.
So maybe my comment was a little harsh. And maybe it was out of place considering it was on a gaming site. But the “pro-Nintendo and anti-people” statement? Come on.
And that is what got my fingers typing.
If you read enough of my posts while you are here, you will realize that I am seriously concerned and frustrated with where teens are headed today. I don’t blame television, or games or hip hop music or the Internet or any other supposed influence that is leading to this downfall. These are merely among the many tools that are used by the real problem.
I blame it on people like me. Adults, parents, coaches, politicians, teachers – all of these individuals who are in a position to help shape kids morals, values and priorities and help them mature appropriately. We are putting our interests first, trying to living vicariously through youth and exploiting them for our own personal gain.
And the result is haunting. Armed Robberies, anti-Semitic acts, stabbings over a simple misguided comment, teen sex and pregnancy. I know that none of this is anything new. It has be going on for generations. But doesn’t it seem that these things are now so much more a part of everyday life and accepted as the norm rather than being looked upon for what they are?
I am not advocating doing away with what some may consider the negative influences. I enjoy many of these myself. But I am an adult. I understand the difference between reality and fantasy. And as an adult it is our responsibility to try and limit what our kids are exposed to until they are mature enough to make the distinction. And when they are exposed, it is our job to present kids with the information to understand this difference.
So when I see a statement from a young person like “pro-Nintendo and anti-people” and all the energy being spent reviewing a game, I have to grow concerned about what influences are driving this person. Is there a balance in their live? Do they understand that Nintendo is a game?
And yes, I know that they are trying to be humorous through satire or cynicism like the soup kitchen comment.
So look around while you are here. Broaden your horizons and see if you can pull yourself away from the console long enough to help someone else.