And you seriously expect me to compare an anorexic girl with a sexual predator?
No Jim, I am not, but, tried to make a point to what Christopher wrote....rules are rules and must be applied to everyone...
For instance...a woman was killed yesterday, by her boyfriend, who had killed a woman 11 years ago. She didn't know her boyfriend had been in jail for murder. Why did they leave him out?
Point being...if they bend rules for this gal, then what rules will be bent next for the next validictorian. Jim...what it comes down to is this...
We've become a grave nation of making excuses for the choices people make, even when those people break laws....this woman, is violating her body...and she is a brave and courageous gal...I hold her in great admiration...but...I believe we all agree, she does have a problem that needs to be corrected...which only she can do.
In the meantime...perhaps loosing the validictorian seat, would serve as a tool/lesson. Life isn't always good, and we only have our mistakes to learn from...some don't but a lot of people do...and rules are or should be held up to, if not utter chaos will prevail. We're not helping people by being so accepting of bad behavior, none the less rewarding it. However, yes, I agree, she should be helped, what person wouldn't....but I disagree greatly upon the refrence of...this isn't her choice. It is and it was.
We cannot keep excusing and deeming bad behavior as acceptable. What I'm all for, and has somehow been lost in this country, is behavior modification...which is and would be a good practice.
Medications are way over used in this country which is a quick fix, not a permenant one...to enhance character, we must demand and teach behavior modification....self esteem and retrieve that inner drive to making the right choices for self, that it's ok to be who you are.
And yes indeed, way to much emphasis is based on trends of clothing, spas, cosmetics, jewelry, and bodies, corrective surgery....but if you don't feel good inside...if you aren't healthy mentally, then no matter what you do to the outside you will never like the company you keep in yourself.
Its about credible decisions for self Jim...Behavior modification in this country is in fact what you said, being pounded with ads of beauty.
I heard the other day, 6 and 7 year olds are asking their parents...."Am I to Fat?" Cloths do not make the person, if you haven't got it inside, you'll never have a thing...and that's what we've got to teach our kids, from little on up...sucess is not measured in the material...and never will be.
Adding, when your government is corrupt, so to, will your people be, and we are, we have become such greedy nation, deeming criminal behavior as acceptable.
I've worked with severly handicapped children and mentally retarded children but never with people who have mental disorders. Rehabilitation has been proven to be a very good tool...and I'm all for it...but Jim, there is this inner substance, that everyone has, that I believe can overcome with the right guidence and counseling...not excuses, but rewarding good behavior...and it won't always work...
Jim, I've seen parents stagnate their mentally retarded children, when in fact, with time and patience, they can learn to do more then we give them credit for...and it's the same with this gal...she can learn this is unacceptable behavior which is not only dangerously hurting herself, but all those who love her...and that's another subject we've not touched on...when will we start teaching our children, and adults, and some very upidy politicians, that the choices and decisions they make can either gravely effect all those around them, or compliment them to a greater degree?
Actually, and to be respectfully honest, I believe by liberal concept we've stagnated our growth severely in this area..I believe we could be so much further ahead intellectually, scientifically, medically and physically, not to mention, be more at peace with ourselves, in turn, being at peace with each other, if we'd not gone off course with these confounded excuses for unacceptable behavior. Excuses are more harmful and disabling to self growth, and to society.
And Jim...please, I'm not a Nazi, nor have I or would I, ever think like one. This is a free country, freedom of speech and opinion...if we can't allow, and listen, how then, will we ever learn?
Again, you've brought to the table some very good points for discussion...and consideration....I'm very sorry you feel the way you do about our opinions...and I for one, would love to sit down and hear more of what you have to say, but the, I get a turn as well, and perhaps that way, we can all learn from each other...and grow, if we turn our minds off to one another, we'll never progress. and I sincerely mean it when I say this, with all due respect...listening to each other is the key. Its when and if we reach a time in our lives, that we become closed off to the ideas of others that we become stagnated, to ourselves, to others around us, and to society.
Noah, thanks so much for your warmth and concern on this subject, for opening up this topic to the forum...you, as always, have some very realistic and valuable considerations to offer. I've grown so very fond of your great care for this country and it's people.