The views of tree hugger


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spartan55
December 19, 2006, 12:18 AM
No Sh_t there I was having a phone conversation with my liitle sister who graduated last year. She has no father figure so as a big brother I fill both rolls, however as 11 yrs her senior and in the army, stationed all over the world as she grew up, she unfortunatly never developed common sense. And really unfortunately, well, she grew up in a Tree hugging state. Anyways she failed to get into the college she was hoping for, and rather have her waste another year at Joes fast food I suggested a couple yrs in the service, Her reply "I do not want to work for that duse bag Bush, or go fight in a war i do not believe in" Well I to do not believe in the war in Iraq, I do not believe that we as a nation should be the police of the world and if saddam wants to torture and kill his own people, then let his people kill saddam, I do not care about Iraq"s people or saddam. That said, it is a little cold hearted but I do not believe one of our soldiers are worth a million iraq's. And her reply "Well I care about Iraq"s people and saddam should not be allowed to kill people"...............Did you catch that? She says "Or go fight in a war i do not believe in" and "saddam should not be allowed to kill people" You can not have it both ways. ::banghead: This is the normal thinking for quite a few of the tree huggers states. One more thing she is very anti-gun believes guns are evil, however when she comes to visit she loves to shoot .22's out back the house. She is a very misguided little girl. I was also born and raised in the tree hugging state, however was raised with a tree killin father, and was taught common sense and to think for myself. I thank god every day that my daughter will be raised in Texas, I might not have been born in Texas but I got here as fast as I could!

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LanEvo`
December 19, 2006, 12:45 AM
Don't be too hard on her. She sounds like almost every college kid I've ever known: they tend to just regurgitate whatever they hear, usually without giving it much thought. They often tend to think in terms of platitudes.

For example:

"War is bad"
"Bush is stupid"
"The Iraqi people should be left alone"
"Guns are designed to kill people, and are therefore bad"
"Cars are bad for the environment, so everyone should drive a hybrid"
"Ban gas guzzling SUV's"
"Legalize pot"
"Commercialism is bad"

Etc., etc., etc.

It's not unusual for these overly simplistic ideas to conflict with each other; demanding consistency can be futile. Figure it's probably a phase and hope she learns to think in more sophisticated terms as she matures a bit over the next few years.

DirtyBrad
December 19, 2006, 12:53 AM
I know good and bad, smart and stupid from a whole lot of different states, red and blue. Don't know what the point of trying to paint all of a state's citizens a certain way is.

wooderson
December 19, 2006, 12:58 AM
She disagrees with you, so she wasn't "taught to think for [her]self"?

I'd say you're both talking well past each other with the "no number of Iraqis is worth an American soldier" stuff - there isn't really a good response to "I don't care" in any situation, so I don't rightly blame her for that response. Mine would have been to shrug my shoulders and/or roll my eyes (a look my markedly more conservative and religious older brother has seen a million times over the years).

Prince Yamato
December 19, 2006, 01:01 AM
Lemme see. She's a young just out of high-school girl and she's a contradictory bag of emotions... I think your little sister is probably about right for most girls her age. :) Just keep looking out for her.

thexrayboy
December 19, 2006, 01:02 AM
She is entitled to her opinion. No ones views are 100% correct so even a tree hugger is right sometimes. However many young adults just out of college are still trying to master rational thought and make the mistake of substituting emotion and feelings for logic and mistaking it for a thought process. There is a reason for the old axiom "if your not liberal when you are 20 you have no heart, if your not conservative when your 40 you have no brains". A generalization yes but still indicative of how the thought process of humans changes with time.

spartan55
December 19, 2006, 01:45 AM
That is about right. good way to put it. I glad there is still some hope for her!

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