Fear and Manipulation

Parents do it to their children.  Spouses do it to one another with ultimatums. Rulers rule by scaring their constituents.  But guess what?  It doesn’t work.

Children rebel.  Spouses start to despise one another for killing each other’s dreams. And rulers get overthrown.

Two years ago my daughter graduated from college.  I saw her wince every time an “adult” asked her the usual questions:  What are you going to do now?  Did you get a job?  Are you going to grad school?  Pity the kids graduating in today’s economy if they were brought up based on fear.  Pre-conditioning young minds to follow the same unhappy path that we may have taken – for the sake of making a lot of money.

Thankfully, people are starting to question the notion of what constitutes success.  College grads have tens of thousands of dollars in loans that they can’t pay back and on top of that their parents are 50 plus and out of jobs because they are too costly to employ.

What a pity – not utilizing the potential workforce.  What a pity squashing innovation from the start.  What a pity not to recognize opportunities – just because they are “different”.  What a pity to live a life based on fear.

Maybe it’s time we all should start thinking about things differently.

Maybe it’s time to change what we value.

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