I am not going to thoelogise this because it comes down to good common sense. But consider this: “Train up a child in the way he must go and when he is old he shall not depart from it”.
Recently there seems to be an upsurge in ignorance on our streets. And that is not necessarily the problem. The problem is that there are many who see nothing wrong or rather the danger in these foolish activities.
Surely by now you know that I am talking about young men riding motorcycles recklessly on our streets; preferably on one wheel.
We say a lot of things but I am not sure we understand these things. Some people chalk up the nonsense happening on our streets to youthful exuberance, but we need to be more responsible. The folly that has been allowed to continue on our streets is clearly causing a ripple effect that we seem not be attending to.
The guys doing nonsense have been written off as just a nuisance and we ignore them and hope that a serious accident or even the death of one or two will change their attitude. Clearly it has not. But now that has filtered down to children with bicycles. Any Sunday afternoon along the Spring Garden Highway, a road where no bicycles are allowed, a fixture is groups of young children on bicycles – with the front wheel in the air and cussing the drivers who dear to blow their horns.
These children have been trained in the way they should go and unless we intervene they will depart – for good.
We need to be more vigilant and responsible because it is clear that the things we do don’t just stop when we stop; not when children are involved. And when we laugh or even ignore as we seem to be comfortable doing, children think it is okay and they try mimic that behaviour.
Just Tuesday I was driving with my family and listening to 101 FM’s morning programme No, but Seriously. And after hearing a female caller relate a situation where she used her intuition despite having the right of way, and then have a group of children run across her path, we had a brief discussion about it.
Then about three minutes later we encountered the same thing with some children from the Parkinson’s School. The alarming thing about the situation was that the young girl with a younger child in tow laughed when I and the driver to my right had to brake suddenly.
This was opposite the St. Barnabas Church travelling toward Pine Hill. And even after a female motorcycle police chastised her, the girl just laughed and walked across the other lane of traffic travelling in the direction of the Bussa Statue – laughing. I am still very disturbed by this.
The reality is that we have a responsibility because we do not exist in a vacuum. We live in a society, a society where our actions affect others either intentionally or inadvertently, we live in a society with children who still look up to adults as doing the right thing.
But we endanger our lives and those of others unfortunately without knowing it.
Just recently I was at a show for primary school children, a Christmas show, and to my dismay the MC ordered the females off the stage and invited the males to show him who could “jones and wuk up the baddest”.
And with shooting gestures and other inappropriate behaviour for any child, the boys “jonsed and wuked up”, and to my dismay spurred on by the adult audience.
In case you have not noticed, the nonsense we are doing, our children have adopted.
It makes no sense wondering why many of our young people are wayward and reckless – they got it from us.
It is time for change.