“Although more teen drivers are buckling up and not driving drunk than in years past, another danger — texting — is posing a new threat, U.S. government research shows.”
This quote caught my eye the other day. I write health blogs and this quote shows that many teens are cutting their health short. Texting doesn’t just pose a threat to themselves but others as well. Charlene has a friend who had a teenager broadside her while texting instead of stopping. She suffered a great deal of personal pain plus the teenager totaled her car.
We live in a society where people are not taking personal responsibility for the people around them. We are self-centered, caring only about what we want. We are not caring for our neighbor as ourselves.
This is neither an environment issue nor any other external issue you might think of. We see this all the time when driving. Drivers are not concerned about the safety of others. It’s all about self.
When I was a teen, we didn’t have the electronic gadgets that kids have now. We didn’t have the access to drugs teens have now. It just reminds us, however, that everyone is responsible for his or her own decisions regardless of what the latest psychobabble is about fault. If you don’t take care of yourself, you probably won’t take care of those around you. It’s sad that the government has to legislate safety. I suspect all states will eventually ban use of cellphones while driving. If we really cared about others, we would do the right thing.
Okay, I got on my soapbox a little today. We took morality out of the school and we aren’t teaching our young people to care for others. We are just promoting selfish behavior because that’s all we know.