QueenTiye, on May 13 2007, 01:49 PM, said:
So excuse me while I stand by my position. We could solve the problem if we wanted to. We just don't want to.
To be blunt-you're letting your idealism cloud your thinking. What the heck do you mean "we just don't want to" ?! Who the hell is "we"?!
I find it deeply ironic that you came onto this thread saying "All the problems described here are complex, multifaceted, and not solvable with any one solution", and yet, you come up with this:
"The solution is therefore very clear.
Give every adult who doesn't have a criminal record for DUI (or other drink/drug affected behaviors), child abuse, spousal abuse, or sexual predation - ONE child to care for. Everyone. No exceptions - a civic duty to raise one child not your own."
Clear? Clear as mud, I'd say.
One child to raise. One sacrifice to make - not just of money, but of time and attention. There aren't enough children to go around - I'm sure we could exclude those who really wanted to be excluded - or put them at the bottom of the list, or whatever.
Let's get to the REAL point: You want CAPABLE PEOPLE who are WILLING AND ABLE to do the job.
There are those folks who have VERY valid reasons for not being able to take on the responsibility of rearing a child. It's not always about dodging responsibility and making convenient excuses, which is what you strongly
seem to be implying here, in my opinion.
But if we all started from the idea that we would each help one child - we'd find that we'd create ways to get the job done, and really change things.
There you go again.
"But if we all..." Please. That's not going to happen, and you know it. We have to work with what we got. It's not pretty-in fact, it's damn ugly. This is what we have, and we've got to deal with it-like it or not.
And I stand by my
point. Sorry-but I find your POVs at times to be WAY too idealistic for my tastes. You seem like a good person QT-and there's a lot to admire about you. But there's idealism-and then, there's harsh reality. Is there a middle ground? A VERY tenuous one, that's constantly in flux.
Edited by Digital Man, 13 May 2007 - 01:36 PM.