The conflicts of becoming a Man while remaining a Dad
Tuesday, May 3, 2011
Reaction to Osama's Death
Since my wife and I do not have cable tv (Netflix streaming & Hulu+) we do not have the constant onslaught of news coverage or the persistent bombardment of commercial consumerism. I get my news from certain online sources and by listening to the news on my commute to and from work. However, when there is a breaking story, like the announcement of Osama's death, I found out when I checked Facebook on my iPhone. The thing that I found most striking in the posts was the reactions.
There were two kinds of posts that I found most disheartening. The first was the false sense of relief that the war on terro has reached it's climax and we can now bring our troops back. The other was the taunt-like tone in some of the posts that celebrated the death of Osama. I still remember being woken up by my mom to turn on the news on September 11th. I still remember how the country became briefly patriotic. To be honest, it was nice to feel like we were all America!
Cultural Happy Meals
We are two days from Cinco de Mayo, a day we narcissistic Americans assume is the Mexican independence Day (it's actually September 16th), and this is just a small example of how we have boxed up the rest of the world's cultures. We have placed gross generalizations on populations of peoples that are older, more diverse, and more populated than ours. What does it say about Americans when we don't even respect our closest neighbors? We have boiled Mexico's culture down to a burrito and a talking Chihuahua in a Taco Bell commercial. The most constant Mexican influence we have is George Lopez.
I don't quite want to wrap this up in a nice bow. I'd like to get some feedback on this question: How do you raise children who will be conscious of their global community? I will post about how my wife and I are trying at a later time, but I want to know if anyone will respond in the comments below. How do we teach our children to sift through the consumerism, the stereotyping, and the categorizing to find their true place in the world, and to become a global citizen of the human race? What are you doing, have you done, or are planning on doing?