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Have you ever wondered why this is so? From Eric.

Dear Coach,

How are you?

In response to your newsletter...have you ever noticed how grounded and solid many of the immigrants and/or families of immigrants who come to this country are? Have you also noticed how immature and irresponsible many of their children who GREW UP in this country become? Have you ever wondered why this is so? I believe it's because the culture that our children are raised in has become DEVOID of community and human contact.

America has one of the most vibrant economies on the planet, and we can inexpensively purchase some of the most sophisticated technological gadgets that exist, but when it comes to human contact, we are BANKRUPT.

Our kids are STARVING for guidance, attention and direction, and we parents try to BUY THEM OFF with gadgets (instead of giving them our TIME-they say "time is money", but not if you're a kid it isn't!). This hasn't always been the case in America, but it has become so. I honestly think it will not get any better until our nation's material wealth declines. It's sad that it has to be this way, but it's really true! Jesus Christ said it was "easier for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of heaven." I always wondered what this meant, because who in this world doesn't want to be rich? Now that I've grown older, I think I understand why He said it: wealth fools people into thinking they don't need one another.

As for the young man who killed those people in Virginia...perhaps he was a little strange or even imbalanced. Perhaps his parents weren't very loving toward him. And perhaps people taunted him. But none of this is unusual in-and-of itself; after all, doesn't this happen more-or-less everywhere? There has to be something more about this, a way in which America is different... I think it is that in many countries, people have an extended network of friends and family members that help "immunize" people from the effects of life's negative experiences. When these networks exist in a person's life, they counteract the poisonous effects of being strange or unbalanced, of having bad parents, or of being taunted by others. However, when these networks do NOT exist, the poisonous effects of these negative experiences on a person multiply-sometimes reaching the point where the person becomes so angry and filled with pain that they do what the young person in Virginia did...

As for the government's role in all of this... remember, the government can only do what the people allow it to do-no different from the government in Italy. Therefore, when the people are LOST, the government will be lost as well. Unfortunately, I think we are lost...

Posted on 05 May 2007 by coachgianni
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