Editor stresses seeing it from their point of view

Luke Garcia, Editor in Chief

Every now and then I hear my peers talking with their parents.  While most conversations are really normal, I sometimes hear someone blatantly getting aggravated at their parents for no reason.  The petty rants of the juveniles I hear usually revolve around the so-called “micromanagement” of the superiors.  These types of mini outrages have become part of pop culture with the ever-infamous phrase “It’s not a phase, mom!”.

I’m not one to judge the actions of others, being the regrettably sarcastic person I am.  However, I like to think that I have self-control and am able to straighten up my act in front of adults.  The purpose of this editorial is not to badger those that act extremely casual and sometimes “salty” towards their progenitors.  Furthermore, I’m well aware that some parents can be, well, bad parents, but this editorial is not directed towards these people or their families.  I’m simply writing this as a reminder of the importance that parents play in our society, why their criticisms of our human behavior is often justified and that they might not be as poor a guide as they seem.  

I’m going to be covering the most prevalent phrase children use to negatively target their parents, “close-minded”.  First of all, “close-minded” is different from being “cautious”, and being the latter isn’t wrong at all.  In the defense of close-minded parents, they have a right to be this way.  Parents that care for their children use their own childhood experiences to try to make the right decisions in raising their offspring.  Some parents use this pattern of logic in nearly all interactions with their children.  Naturally, these parents may initially have a distrust of what they don’t know or understand.  Perhaps it’s not the best trait, but it comes from a good place.

Besides, it’s not like they’re really trying to personally attack what their children like and enjoy.  These specific examples of the common parent just want their children to succeed in life.  In fact, I find that most parents just want their kids to be better than they are.  This can often be confused with flagrant hypocrisy, but I argue that these two things are not one and the same.  Let’s say that you are a liar.  In fact, you lie so much that it’s become second nature to throw the blame on others.  Now let’s say that you also hate that you lie.  You’re not going to teach your children to lie, are you?  No, in fact, I imagine that you would try to stress the importance of being honest from your many experiences of the consequences of lying.  See what I mean?  

I suppose I should add that none of my points here are subliminally insinuating that parents are allowed to get away with their flaws because of the intricacy of their duties.  They should strive to improve themselves as they improve you.  Just make sure the next time you or your friends are about to complain about the so-called “conceited” behavior of your parents, be sure that you contemplate whether it comes from their pride or their natural parental concern.