The Grandparent's University brings two generations closer at the
University of Wisconsin. But does the agenda need to
include a session on the Beast of Terror so that the Children's
Children will be able to protect the Children's Children's Children
from the Beast of Terror?
Wednesday--July 30, 2003—Ground Zero Plus
Grandparents University Skips The
Beast of Terror Agenda
Editor, New York City Combat Correspondent News
GROUND ZER0, New York, N.Y.--July 30, 2003--
I got excited when I spotted the Grandparents University.
For a minute, I thought it was a giant step toward protecting the
Children's Children from the Beast of Terror.
I was wrong.
The agenda for the recently graduated third-annual
Grandparents University (GU) attendees at the University of Wisconsin
leap-frogged over the issue of Vigilance vs. Terrorism, or how to
fight Fear with Courage, battle Intimidation with Conviction, and most
importantly, how to take the Right Actions for the Children's
Children's Children so the Beast of Complacency doesn't eat the marrow
out of the bones of future Sentinels of Vigilance.
The 2003 class at the University of Wisconsin
includes 250 people, 116 grandparents and 130 grandchildren ranging
from age 7 to 14 and representing 15 states. The two-day
Adventure Learning |
But, there was no
Terrorism on the list.
and Grandkids walking a steel cable together at a Grandparents
Obviously, the U of W is much more interested in
getting the alumni to sell the grandkids on going to the University
than in selling the grandkids on becoming Sentinels of Vigilance,
warriors geared to fight the Beast of Terror who lurks in the shadows
of every generation, waiting to leap upon the unsuspecting, the
unaware, the ill-prepared.
I just got excited about Grandparents and
Grandkids allegedly "bonding" over a two-day period, when the goal is
to pass the wisdom's of life from one generation to another.
To me, the greatest wisdom a Grandparent can pass
to a grandchild is that of Vigilance, especially the elements of
Vigilance: Courage, Conviction and Right Actions for future
I scratch my head sometimes, wondering why
the primary purpose of being a Parent or Grandparent isn't proscribed
by law as teaching their progeny how to be Sentinel of Vigilance, for
the single most pervasive enemy threatening the security of all
children is Terrorism.
Emotional Terrorism is the Fear,
Intimidation and Complacency that weaves its way through the thread of
a human being's personality and causes him or her to sit on life's
sidelines rather than compete in life's games.
hiding in the darkness of self- defeat will shrink into the Beast
of Terror's shell
A child who
thinks he or she is too fat, too thin, too poor, too ugly, too
unloved, too uncared for, will shrink into the Beast of Terror's
shell, and hide in the darkness of self-defeat, self-incrimination
that will stalk him or her throughout
life. Then, of course, there are the children who are
victims of abuse, both physical as well as emotional.
The child whose parent shouts: "I wish you were never born!," or
"Quit bothering me," or "Leave me alone" is perhaps just as brutal as
the parent who beats or molests a child, for in both cases the child
is being assaulted and violated, one my physical force, the other by
I didn't see any of those subjects on the
agenda at the U of W.
But I am aware of a growing concern in
America and other industrial nations. Of the 72.3 million
children under the age of 18, 4.5 million live with grandparents.
That's 6.3 percent of all the children under 18, living not with
parents, but grandparents. And, that number is rising.
ability to gain wisdom from a grandparent is vast
Wisdom comes from experience, some good and
some bad. A child's ability to gain wisdom from a
grandparent is vast. A child, representing 70 plus years
of life, his or her parents representing 70 plus years of life, and
grandparents, adding yet another 70 years of life, represent a total
of 210 years minimum of experience. If you include both parents
and both grand parents: Child =70, two parents=140, two
grandparents=140, you're up to 350 years of experience.
That's a lot of experience,
especially when life is mostly all about learning how to manage one's
Fear, Intimidation and Complacency with Courage, Conviction and Right
Actions for future generations.
I guess I'd like to see the
Vigilance Grandparents University.
I'd love to see the curriculum
filled with how to become a Sentinel of Vigilance, for no college
degree can defend a child from the shadow of the Beast when it
Maybe it's time to teach
children how to battle their most common enemy, the one their
grandparents battled for two generations--the elements of
Terror--Fear, Intimidation and Complacency.
My suggestion is to offer such
graduates a Pledge of Vigilance diploma. And to change the name
to the Grandparents University of Vigilance.
29--The Terrorism Betting Pool
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