As we embark upon another Memorial’s Day celebration, I am questioning the ability of our society to teach compassion and self restraint to future generations. I believe that it is our responsibility to teach these core beliefs of emotional intelligence so that we develop a wiser and stronger nation, but I sense that role models, the media, and even our schools neglect the importance of its effect upon a generation increasingly bombarded with lost moments of teaching.For example, Facebook
, the most popular web site of our most recent Interet experience, just launched an IPO so that common investors could buy stock in hopes profiting upon its success. After a lackluster opening, Facebook stock actually lost shares value in the opening week causing hundreds if not thousands of investors to complain and to initiate an investigation into fraud or misrepresentation. I find this a remarkably odd behavior because investing in stock is supposed to be a long term goal with risk and because one could exercise caution and wait for a stock to settle before purchasing it. There was no demonstration of self constraint by investors in this example, and upon not getting a quick return from their investment the emotionally highjacked investors immediately searched for someone to blame and for someone to pay. I am not saying that Facebook is innocent either as it appears to me that their media campaigns and the official literature set everyone up for this emotional highjacking, but I am concerned about how younger generations view the behaviors of those key role models during these moments in our daily lives.
Another recent example simply comes from a popular movie that I just watched this weekend. My family and I just watched the movie the Avengers this weekend because my family was lost in its advertising scheme and because I heard that “The Avengers” was on its way to be one of the most watched movies in years. I entered the movie with a critics intent, and I focused upon the story line. Needless to say, I was disappointed because I felt as if the movie favored quick violent heroic interactions with a forced story line. The audience was definitely on a roller coaster of highjacked emotions for almost three hours. The mind was filled with responsive actions from the amygdala, but what does that teach children?
I am not sure, but I just learned today that Justin Beiber hit a papparazo camera man last night, fled the scene, and can not be found by the police.
Well, I am concerned for a generation that does not patiently pause to reflect and does not seek to understand its emotions, and I am concerned today because Memorial Day is a day of reflection and understanding emotional past events. It is more difficult to understand than most holidays, and it is time to pause and honor. I am not sure that the average American exercises or demonstrates these abilities to future generations. We should remember to pause from the media intense fun world of luxury in which we live so that we remember who fought for our freedoms today.
Thanks Grandad and Pap Pap!