I really like eggs. I eat them a lot. Every now and then, but not often, you come across a bad egg and have to throw it away. The recent tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, CT, has me wondering if this same paradigm applies to people. Every now and then are people just born bad eggs, destined for evil and wrong-doing regardless of their upbringing? My instincts tell me no. Although I think everyone has a certain aptitude for darkness, I believe there’s always a root cause for evil behavior. So what it really comes down to is parenting. Have you loved your children and taught them how to love in return? Have you disciplined your children and taught them the difference between right and wrong? Have you hugged them when they needed a hug, cared for them when they were hurt or ill, demonstrated that there are consequences for every action, and ultimately shaped them into contributing members of society? Most importantly have you taught them the value of human life? If you haven’t done each of these things then you’ve failed at the most important job you’ll ever have. And you have no one to blame for their evil deeds but yourself.
Keanu Reeves character (Tod) in “Parenthood” put it best: “You know, Mrs. Buckman, you need a license to buy a dog, to drive a car – hell, you even need a license to catch a fish. But they’ll let any butt-reaming asshole be a father.”In summary, don’t be a butt-reaming asshole. If every parent simply took accountability for their offspring and raised them properly, we wouldn’t even be talking about tragedies like what occurred in Newtown, CT.