Monday, February 04, 2008

Spam or Brainwash?

What does it mean when you get forwarded one of those sappy, chicken-soup-for-the-soul type of messages about life and the subject line says, "This is so true in life"...

and the sender is only 14 years old?!

I typically wince at the syrupy sweetness of such e-mail even when it comes from an adult. Such sentiments (this one was an illustration about a mayonnaise jar, golf balls, sand and about taking time to have coffee with your friends--I know the youthful sender doesn't even drink coffee) become even more obviously shallow when sent by someone who is barely a teenager. Hmmm...come to think of it, maybe that's a good thing.

Are our youth really growing up that quickly? Are they simply fitting the mold that we force them into? Is it harmful to act like we have learned something of which we could not yet have possibly grasped the meaning? So many questions.

Perhaps I'll just consult the 14-year old sage.

Meanwhile, in case you missed it last week, I think this post is pretty good.

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