Yesterday I felt compelled to honor Chris Kyle, the former Navy Seal who was murdered last weekend. As I said at the end of my post, I hope his warrior spirit will be instilled into our nation's sons. Unfortunately, if our culture continues down its current path, little boys will have no chance to develop those innate instincts.
According to school officials, Rodney Lynch threatened a student by pretending to shoot him with his "finger gun." How else are you supposed to play cops and robbers? Sit down and have a negotiation? The school counselor said, "I don't believe there was any malicious intent." How generous of you! What happened to taking the time and the opportunity to educate children about the difference between pretending and using an actual gun? Don't you think those six-year-old boys would benefit more from an explanation than a suspension?
The latest story is that of second-grader Alex Evans, who was playing “rescue the world” at recess when he threw a pretend grenade at a make-believe box full of “evil forces.” There wasn’t actually anything in his hand, nor was there a real box.
“I was trying to save people and I just can’t believe I got 'dispended' ,” Alex said. After demonstrating how the game is played, he said he threw the fake grenade at the box “so nothing can get out and destroy the world.” PLW's response? "Do you know how many fake grenades I threw on the playground and in the woods behind my house? Way to go, Alex!" I second that sentiment. We need more boys willing to fight Evil.
Instead, Alex was guilty of defying the school's "Absolutes":
1. No Physical Abuse or Fights – real or “play fighting”
2. No weapons (real or play), illegal drugs (including tobacco) or alcohol
3. No serious disrespect toward people or property (includes, but is not limited: profanity, racial slurs, deliberately refusing to follow a staff directive, graffiti, etc.)
There are some boys who are made to be engineers; whose brains just naturally want to know how something is designed and put together. Others, like Chris Kyle and my own PLW (Jeffrey Mark literally means "Peace-loving Warrior" for those new to my blog), are inherently going to pick up a gun and want to know how to use it to defend the defenseless. That's how their brains work.
But our society has decided that we need a cultural and biological makeover; that somehow if we eliminate the natural tendencies from our hyper-agressive boys, we will have a kinder, gentler, more equitable citizenry. I contend that preventing our boys from playing cops and robbers; destroying Evil in "Rescue the World"; pretending to go to battle in the Trojan War; and yes, even partaking in "violent" football games will render us a nation of compliant, submissive and docile slaves.
But pardon me if I am confused about something. Let me get this straight .... we can't allow our children to "play" with an imaginary finger gun or throw an imaginary grenade. But it's OK for Hollywood and the video game industries to push their violent games of war that go way beyond "playing", and are barely distinguishable from reality? There's a mixed message here and I can't figure out the end game. I am sure it has something to do with "re-education." But as for me, I am encouraged to see that there are still boys like Rodney, Alex and Hunter. God bless their parents for letting "boys be boys". Let their imaginations soar!
Psalm 132:12 "If your sons keep my covenant and the statutes I teach them, then their sons will sit on your throne for ever and ever."