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Thursday, June 14, 2007

chaos is normal, right?

Yes, chaos must be normal, because it's central to my life. That's how everyone lives, right? One need only visit my website to see my schedule, the basic grind of my author life... http://www.barrilbumgarner.com/

And being an author is just one small part of me. I'm a PhD student, a participant in numerous groups, on the board of several organizations, and all-in-all, I'm continually swamped. So this is par for the course, Americans are just like everyone else, right?

Wrong...I'm doing some analysis of media violence and our culture, and it's absolutely astounding how differently we live than most other advanced nations. France, for instance, has negligible school crime compared to ours, plus they take daily siestas during the middle of the day...WHAT? For real?

Yes, they take time out right in the middle of the day to relax, spend time with family and friends, drink a glass of wine, and wouldn't you know it? They live longer than we do.

There is an act of school violence during school hours every 3 seconds in this country...and kids learn their aggression from us. If we want to stop it, we have to start now. The sad part is, who has time? Where do we start? How in the world can we change what kids watch and listen to?

The easy answer is: How will we know unless we try?