Anyone who’s helped with similar events can sympathize with the choice made in Colorado Springs this year.
As the Associated Press reported: “Organizers of an annual Easter egg hunt attended by hundreds of children have canceled this year’s event, citing the behavior of aggressive parents who swarmed into the tiny park last year, determined that their kids get an egg.
“That hunt was over in seconds, to the consternation of egg-less tots and their own parents.
“Too many parents had jumped a rope set up to allow only children into Bancroft Park in a historic area of Colorado Springs.”
The kids weren’t really the problem, the organizers explained: “They couldn’t resist getting over the rope to help their kids. That’s the perfect metaphor for millennial children. They — parents — can’t stay out of their children’s lives. They don’t give their children enough chances to learn from hard knocks, mistakes.” — Ron Alsop, author of “The Trophy Kids Grow Up.”
Regardless of how you paint it, what the forces are that lead to these parents making the wrong choices, nevertheless the choices get made.
The choice to step across that line, to push other kids out of the way, to flaunt the rules, may or may not be complicated.
It just doesn’t matter.
The bottom line is that they rationalize NOT following the rules. The set themselves above the rules.
It’s a pattern you seen in these irritating matters. It’s a pattern you see is illegal matters, as in the destruction and personal attacks that have been tied to the “occupy” movement.
What they hold in common is the belief that their interests supersede the rules, the law.
Well, they don’t.
Colorado Springs did the right thing.
When people set themselves above the law, it’s time to make some changes.
— Chuck Smith