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Monkey see, monkey do

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By Bernadette Lauritzen

You must know that as I write these weekly columns, I try to keep a positive spin on things. After all, to me that’s what assets really boils down to.
On the other hand, sometimes it is hard to pretend all is right in the world, when it really isn’t.
The asset for this week is peaceful conflict resolution. While the definition entails ending conflict non-violently, I feel that should also extend to words and deeds, and not just boil down to throwing punches.
I’m reminded of the saying, “monkey see, monkey do.” To me, it appears that we keep asking our children to do better than we do, or to put forth more effort than we are willing to do ourselves.
I will use two political examples to explain, but trust me, I’m not for or against either side of the issue or either organization. I’m just trying to illustrate the behavior.
Recently, our children saw that in Wisconsin, when some politicians weren’t going to get their way, they left town to avoid a vote. State troopers were actually sent out to find them and bring them back, to no avail.
If you didn’t show up to your job because you disagreed, you’d get fired. If a student didn’t show up to a test because they disagreed with an assignment, they’d get an “F.”


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