Write Again . . . Could it really happen?

Published 5:57 pm Monday, June 6, 2016

It would be reasonable to assume that most of us think that few, if any, things are more important in this life than how we raise our children.

Of course we give them love. We strive mightily to provide adequately for their overall welfare. This would include a safe and healthful home environment. Such essential things as food and shelter are the very least we should provide. Would that no child went to bed hungry, or lived in substandard housing.

Would that no child was ever unloved. That may be most important of all.

Then, we provide support and encouragement in their educational journey. We want them to see the importance of this.

We mustn’t neglect the moral development of our children. Instilling good values, which is so crucial in character building, is an imperative.

We should teach them about tolerance, inclusiveness, respect for others, especially those they may perceive to be different. Those who look different from them.

We should stress the importance of a healthy lifestyle, which includes eating right and exercising regularly.

And so forth. There is more we could add to the list.

Or. Or, we could try to ensure that our children become self-centered. Boastful. Arrogant. Disrespectful of others, disparaging any who dare to disagree with them. Encouraging them to regularly and repeatedly insult others. Be profane.

Of course, we hope they become bullies. Very important. Their way must be the only way.

There are more such characteristics, but mentioning them here isn’t really necessary.

And then — and then — if we can produce such people, such narcissistic people, then who knows, maybe one day one of them will become the standard bearer for a political party as their nominee for the highest office in the land.

Nah. That couldn’t happen in America.

Could it?

Note — The answer to the bonus question at the end of last week’s column “How’s Your Sports Memory?” was Roger Maris. The spelling of his last name wasn’t correct. (“Stuff” happens.)