Truthful Tuesday — Today’s World

Di, of Pensitivity101, is once again sitting in for Melanie, of Sparks from a Combustible Mind, for today’s Truthful Tuesday post. Her question is…

Would you like to be a child growing up in today’s world?

Whoa, this is a tough one. I look at my two young grandkids and see happy, well cared for children and my heart melts. They are innocents who know literally nothing about what craziness is going on in the world outside of their home and day care.

But I worry a lot about the kind of world they’re going to be living in by the time they become adults. What will the world be like 15 to 20 years from now?

Will our planet be continuing on a trajectory that could lead to an inhospitable environment that is necessary to sustain human life within their lifetimes?

Will they be taught by their parents or in school to be critical thinkers or will the have to toe the line of some political ideology or religious dogma?

Will they be exposed to the mistakes of the past so they don’t repeat them, or will those mistakes be whitewashed from history as if they never happened?

Will people of all races, religions, colors, and genders have learned to live in harmony or will bigotry, racism, and hatred toward “the other” continue to spiral upwards?

Will they live in a free democracy or representative government or will they be the subjects of an autocratic, fascist dictator?

Will countries continue to be at war with one another?

Once born, we all have a will to survive, to live, to thrive, so I don’t know how to answer Di’s specific question. But based upon my rather bleak perspective of where humanity is headed, if I had a choice about whether or not to be born into today’s world — a choice none of us have — I would probably choose to not be a child growing up in this world.

I apologize if my rather pessimistic response is starting your day off as a downer. I’ll read some of your responses and maybe that will make me feel more optimistic.

18 thoughts on “Truthful Tuesday — Today’s World

  1. Marleen October 25, 2022 / 8:06 am

    I sometimes wonder what it would be like to bring up a child right now. I have no grandchildren, yet. My oldest son’s wife seems to have gotten her enjoyment of kids out of her system with other life choices, like working at a preschool, being a nanny, and getting a teaching degree and specialization (followed by being a public school teacher and then leaving that line of work). The way I parented was to be very empathetic and forward-looking with the children (rather than, as seems to be the case with a lot of adults, managing the perceived pain or inconvenience to the parents). However, I think there are more worries for parents, now. I’d have to keep them entirely away from the internet; besides reducing danger, I think that’s a fine way to be a child. However, one might need to live in the countryside and away from neighbors to accomplish it. Some little guys would be fine with that (seeing others only on planned occasions, which many city dwellers already do… such as with “play dates” and extracurricular classes). Other little ones thrive in seeing neighbors on a random basis.

    We lived in a suburb that was at the verge of still being country (but also was a suburb of a bonafide city we utilized). We had a lovely acre lot and a field with a pond down our road and horse and cow ranches all around. But we additionally had three streets full of little girls. My oldest son loved this, when we moved in and he was two. A few boys moved in by the time I had more babies who grew into knock-around age, so that worked out as well. But what if the neighbors weren’t friendly or safe? Now, some of this is well-compared to something like living in an apartment in New York City versus living in the Midwest generally — rather than a contrast between then and now. On the other hand, I think some parents now would take an easy route of getting their child hooked on the internet early. Some schools/preschools are actually doing that. I would not want to be that child. (Plus, there’s a question of the excuse of a novel vaccine being pushed on kids… who don’t need it, aren’t likely to be helped by it, and could be hurt in its overuse.*)

    * I would absolutely not get my six-month-old baby (or my two-year-old either) vaccinated with one of these spike products unless at least contributing to society by being part of a careful scientific study. Even then, I’d be unlikely to partake. I most certainly wouldn’t just throw that shit into my child’s system when no one knows or is finding out what the hell it does to people, especially kids. There have been too many lies and neglectful recklessnesses; a child is too important to mess around with.

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  2. pensitivity101 October 25, 2022 / 8:21 am

    Good and well thought out answer Fandango. It is a depressing thought and this side of the Pond not much to look forward too right now. Mind you, the US isn’t exactly a bed of roses either.

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  3. The Autistic Composter October 25, 2022 / 12:32 pm

    I think l would like to use this in one of my posts in the future Fandango if that is ok. Obviously l will credit as yours, but this is a very good post.

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  4. donmatthewspoetry October 26, 2022 / 3:17 am

    ‘Will people of all races, religions, colors, and genders have learned to live in harmony’ ?

    I don’t think humans possess this ability. Greed and money rule the world. Sadly…….

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