As a loving and devoted father, I spend a good portion of my day consciously thinking of how I can relate my life experiences to my children in order to help them learn about and succeed in life from an early age.
Although my purpose is to try and find the most positive life lessons I can for my children, there is a scary and negative life-lesson that I see not being learned in the future for children growing up in the nanny-state Liberal conclaves of Santa Monica and West Los Angeles.
After leaving the Army and discovering we were pregnant with my first son, I gave up my dream to be a doctor and opted for the more family-friendly occupation of hospital administration. As per my position at Santa Monica UCLA I would travel from Santa Monica to our Westwood location quite frequently throughout the week, and loved to partake in a little people watching on Wilshire Blvd as I rode along in the shuttle.
Now I know that pedestrians have the right of way in California, but the absolute arrogance and entitlement mentality of people crossing the extremely busy Wilshire Blvd in the middle of the day in Santa Monica always struck me as very odd, yet a perfect representation of the Liberal west-side mindset, and the poor life lessons it teaches children.
Where I grew up, one of the first lessons you learned from your parents was “look both ways before you cross the street.” It’s a lesson that seems so simple, yet I see as a lesson that goes far beyond preventing physical injury. I’ve seen many people get hit as they blindly set out across Wilshire in afternoon traffic, seeing oncoming traffic but just expecting everything in the world to stop because they want to cross the street.
I put this in the context of life, and the mentality about life and the world that the Liberal nanny-state mindset represents. It basically teaches children that everything in the world should revolve around you, and it’s not your job to look out for oncoming traffic, but instead that it’s traffics job to stop for you, because after all you’re a snowflake and the world revolves around you.
As a man who’s had quite a few life experiences, has traveled the globe and worked with people of all types in many industries, I see it as an important example to teach my kids the exact opposite. While yes, traffic is SUPPOSED to stop for you, life doesn’t always work out like that. If you don’t pay attention to the warning signs that life sends your way (like oncoming traffic), you can very easily get run over by it if you’re not paying attention.