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  • Writer's pictureDorothy Royal

Topsail Gun Gal

Has the world gone crazy? What is going on with all the stabbings? From Canada, where a killing spree of two men took the lives of 10 or more and injured dozens, to our local Hemp store, to now a local high school where gang violence may be the cause.

It is so easy to point the finger of blame when a tragedy happens, but what could be some of the real causes?

Here are just a few of my thoughts regarding the world gone crazy.

  1. Sleep. Most people are sleep deprived, thanks to stress and electronics

  2. Choices. We have way too many choices when trying to pick something. Why do we need 400 types of beer and what is an IPA anyway?

  3. Lack of eye contact. Thanks to carrying a computer you never have to see into the eyes of another human.

  4. Lack of social skills. Hello, goodbye, thank you and please. Where did these simple words go?

  5. Not my problem. No one wants to get involved. It is so much easier to ignore a problem than to confront it.

  6. Blaming teachers. If you would tell your child no and teach respect, your child’s teacher wouldn’t be losing their mind. When my parents were called in for a parent conference it wasn’t to blame the teacher, it was to ensure at home and at school I was behaving and doing my best.

  7. Excuses. I don’t care what your childhood was like, you have no right to harm someone else or innocent animals. No one had a perfect childhood. Suck it up and grow up.

  8. Law Enforcement. The police are not the bad guys. Who in their right mind wants to work endless hours for minimal pay and put their lives on the line every day? How about a “Thank you”.

  9. Overscheduling. We don’t always do it on purpose, but if we make a list of 10 things to get done by the end of the day only 2 get done and 25 more items are added. This is not conducive to a healthy lifestyle.

  10. Food. Our chemically modified food is made for cartoon characters, not humans.

  11. Water. Until recently I never heard the term, “Forever chemicals” but thanks to a local manufacturing plant we have it in our water, our rain and our soil. Think a concrete wall inserted 60 feet down into the side of the Cape Fear River is going to stop anything? Not to mention the damage that wall construction will cause.

  12. Drugs. You cannot watch 30 minutes of television without being sold on 3 or 4 types of drugs. Do we really need all this garbage? Absolutely not. Prescriptions should not be the norm when visiting a doctor. We need to change our way of thinking. A pill doesn’t fix everything.

  13. HOAs. Giving unlimited power to a group of “Karens and Kyles” is never a good idea. Recently the NC Supreme Court ruled that HOAs cannot prevent a property owner from installing solar panels. The problem? The HOA still has a say in where they are placed. Good luck with that.

  14. Schools. In a recent NC state report card, it was determined that 13 of the 39 schools in New Hanover County were “low performing”. Covid shutdowns have damaged the learning process, but what else can be done? How about schools start after Labor Day and end around Memorial Day. How about more classes include outdoor time? Computers are not the only teaching tool. I learned so much just sitting under a tree and reading a book. When was the last time you saw a student do that?

  15. Daylight Savings Time. Ok, for all of you complaining that your kids will be waiting for the bus in the dark and we need “Standard time”, what about the 10,000 vehicles on the road every morning dropping kids off at school? Who is left at the bus stop? In all fairness of keeping Daylight Savings time year-round (this is known as the “Sunshine Protection Act”) let me make a simple statement. We live with “DST” for 8 months of the year and fall back to “Standard” for four months of the year. How can Standard Time be considered the norm?

Remember knowledge is power, we have choices to make each day on how we want to live and making things simple might be the recipe for a happier life.


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