"Imagine -- Unsuitable for Children"

Allison Marles apm at alumni.uwaterloo.ca
Wed Jul 14 17:51:03 EDT 2004

Ven wrote:
> What is so very tragic is that so many British
> children are so unhappy that heroin seems an
> acceptable option -- or, for that matter,
> alcohol.  

Sadly, boredom and inescapability of problems also has the same effect.
There are a couple remote communities in Canada that have been in the
news here because they have extremely high alcoholism rates in the
parental generation and the children have a severe problem with sniffing
glue and gasoline.  It's generally believed to be a mix of boredom due
to the isolation of the community, lack of parental supervision and
other family problems.

I think the people who succumb to such obviously damaging behaviour have
no thought of the long term, they just need something to make them feel
a bit ok in the Now.  The lack of long term vision is especially
pronounced when said people are children.

Here's hoping for more Happy Endings.

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