Raised in rural Greenbrier Co. WV, BS Chemistry WVU, PhD Chemistry, GA Tech,Chemistry Faculty, GA Tech, 1965-1969, Dir R&D BASF Fibers 1969-1982,Sr.Exec. R&D, Burlington Industries, 1982-1986,Owner/CEO Mann Industries (formerly BASF fibers)1988-1995, CEO/Owner The Mann Group Consultants, 1987-2009, wife Carol, daughters Leigh, Susan
MASSACRE AT NEWTOWN, CT -- Comments by Dwight Morgan
THE CULTURE THAT WAS...... PARAPHRASING THE SENTIMENTS OF DWIGHT MORGAN
Please read the entry below my write here regarding the senseless massacre in Newtown, Ct. The piece below my comments was written by Dwight Morgan, the son of my first cousin, Tom Morgan, with whom I grew up in Ronceverte, WV. I try to write about the values that our parents and others presented to us....and the culture it grew. Tom exemplified that culture. He was like a brother and succumbed to cancer too early. However, he and his culture clearly live on in his son, Dwight. If you're in a hurry, skip my remarks below and go directly to Dwight's. Thank you.
I have wanted to post about yesterday's senseless massacre of children and a lesser number of adults in Newtown, CT, but have hesitated knowing that my thoughts would ignite a firestorm among, and from, some who reflexively make excuses for such atrocities and equally reflexively call for gun bans. We have laws that are not enforced. We also have nonsensical laws about not revealing the records or mentally ill people, such as Cho, the killer of 32 at VA TECH. I expected to hear nothing about mental illness, but must admit that I was gratified to be wrong. Some have broached the subject. One seemingly intelligent and knowledgeable expert in human behavior mentioned mental illness as a cause, but only in stating that "of course, that can't be spoken of because it is a political issue." And, so it is. Regrettably!! It must stop!
I heard one debate regarding that derangement couldn't be considered mental illness. Really? The initial reports were that this shooter was "brilliant" and all talk was of his greater attributes. As the information unfolds, and objective people have a megaphone to voice truth, it comes out. The guy was a misfit, strange, involved in some conflicts etc. A photo of him would prompt any psychologist to want to examine him....but too late.
As I write about our national condition, and how it has degraded since my growing up days in rural WV, sadly this shooting has become all too illustrative of the decline that is so evident but so disheartening to write about.
Dwight Morgan's comments were posted on FaceBook. He gives approval to post here.
A slight observation, and this will probably be the
only post I make about yesterday’s events. May lose some FB friends over this
one, and I really don’t care…
Every generation seems to believe they know
how to raise children better than the last, yet in general it seems each
generation becomes more screwed up than the one before. In decades/generations
past, you didn’t have school shootings and attacks like we saw yesterday, you
didn’t have gang bangers and crack heads killing each other for no reason, the
list goes on. BTW… guns were just as prevalent then as they are now.
the past, fathers used guns as a tool to teach the value of life. Hunting in the
woods, boys would learn from their fathers to only take what you could eat and
that all life was a gift from God and should be valued. Time spent hunting or
fishing with your Dad, was an opportunity for boys to build a relationship with
their fathers and to learn what it meant to be a man. Now, hunting is a
considered by many to be a “redneck” way of life instead of a rite of passage
for boys to learn to be men. Now, young boys are left to learn how to “act like
men” from TV shows that only show guns being used for taking a life (or even
worse from shows like Jersey Shore). BTW there is a huge difference in learning
to act like a man and learning to be one.
Previous generations started
each day with the pledge of allegiance (which included the phrase “One Nation
Under God”) and many years ago were allowed to start their school day with
prayer. Now, kids cannot even celebrate Christmas, Easter, or any other
religious Holiday in school. Even worse, they are not even being introduced to
God at home. Parents feel they are doing their children a favor by limiting
their access to God. They believe they are teaching them to be more sensitive to
the beliefs of others, instead of instilling in them the need to have both a
relationship with God and to simultaneously fear the consequences of not doing
Children in past generations were taught to both fear and respect
their parents/elders. If you got in trouble at school, you got a spanking. And,
you got one twice as hard from your father when you got home. You were taught to
say yes sir, no sir, yes ma’am, and no ma’am. You were taught to address adults
by Mr and Mrs, not to be on a first name basis with your elders. You were taught
valuable lessons of cause and effect. If you did something wrong (aka the
cause), you took an “ass-whipping” (aka, the effect). And this was extended on
the playground. There were fist fights and scuffles, someone may have gotten
black eye, but no one got shot. Kids now seemed to be taught to “hold in their
anger”. What happens? Everything builds up and eventually they snap! They
haven’t been taught to respect guns, to respect their elders, to respect life,
or to love God. Now when they “Snap”, what did you think would
Enough of my ranting… Just a little annoyed with the
“intellectuals” who blame yesterday on guns, and who will no doubt feel they
know how to raise kids better than their parents, and who will no doubt screw up
the next generation even worse than the ones we are dealing with now. You want
to fix the problem, go back several generations to when these problems did not
exist, and look at how things were done. Spank your kids when they deserve it,
teach them the value of life, teach them to respect life, teach them cause and
effect, teach them to be adults, and give up the war on God. How can he protect
our kids in school if he isn’t allowed to be there himself.
BTW… If guns
are responsible for yesterday (not lazy assed parents), then spoons are
responsible for the obesity epidemic (not lazy assed