Critical Thinking w/ Kymlee no.3

Questions in this video:

1. Is torture ever acceptable?

2. Are parents clueless about child predators on the Internet?

3. Is child behavior better or worse than it was years ago?

4. Should creationism be taught in public schools?

5. Should the alcoholic drinking age be increased or decreased?



16 responses to “Critical Thinking w/ Kymlee no.3

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    • Kymlee

      Thanks James! I’m so glad you left a video response!!! yay! my first one! It’s interesting on your thoughts about even parents not pushing religion on their children, and I also agree that religion is a deeply personal part of life. Every person should be given an opportunity to believe something without the influence of others beliefs. I don’t know how a world that apparently runs on “religion” would change if we all allowed our church and faith habits to be private but I have a feeling it would be for the better….

  2. Great post – I’ve been wanting to reply to your other critical thinking posts as well, but I haven’t had a chance to sit down and put serious thought into my answers. I don’t want to give you any half-way responses. 🙂

    1) Is torture ever acceptable?
    Wow, this one is really touchy. In my opinion, it depends. Lol, obviously no, I’m not going to get all medieval on someone who takes my parking spot at Wal-Mart, or says something rude, or judges me for whatever reason. That’s on them – I’m not going to carry it with me. I’ll cuss them out in my head, smile and wish them well just to annoy them, and be on my merry way. Now if someone hurts someone I love, I have been known to say I’ll put the (verbal) smack down on somebody in a universe ending kind of way (I talk some serious smack when I’m mad) – I am very loyal to my friends and family, and am not afraid to defend them – but I wouldn’t resort to torture. I would have a discussion with the person in question, and it may not be pretty, but I wouldn’t go full serial killer on anybody, regardless of how angry and justified I feel in that anger. The only time I could understand torturing someone would be in a very extreme circumstance. Not to get all political – because that is an entirely different can of worms there – but if there is no doubt that people are going to die otherwise, and there is no other way to get the information that could save them, that would be the only time I could understand it. I do agree with you and DJ though – it would take a terrible toll on the person doing the torturing as well. I could never kill someone, *ever* – but I also agree with you that I would actually rather kill someone than torture them. The thought of what happens to a person, both psychologically and physically, when they are being tortured makes my skin crawl.

    2) Are parents clueless about child predators on the internet?
    No, I don’t think they’re clueless, but they definitely have to pay closer attention than ever. There are so many ways for a predator to get to kids these days. As technology advances, there are more devious ways for them to disguise themselves. It used to be a matter of “don’t talk to strangers” but now with all the easy networking at everyone’s fingertips it’s perfectly normal to speak to several strangers every day. Not to be all creep-tastic, but everywhere you go, sites ask for your information – age, number, address, e-mail. If you have Facebook, Twitter, or blogs it is so much easier to figure out how to get close to a person who doesn’t know to be careful (such as kids) – and you never know who you’re talking to for sure. I flat out lie and say I’m a 53 year old man from Wales when sites require information. Some parents are a little clueless, and say “it’ll never happen to me” – and this kind of ties in to #3 as well – but for the most part, I’d say parents are becoming more aware these days too. When bad things happen, people aren’t quiet about it anymore.

    3) Is child behavior better or worse than it was years ago?
    I think it’s different than it was years ago – different times, different problems. I think this has as much to do with parents as it does kids though. For example – respect. Respect has gone downhill in my opinion. I watch shows where kids act out in big ways, and let me tell you – I back talked my mom *ONCE.* Yeah. Only once. Don’t get me wrong, she didn’t lift a hand to me – I think I can count on one hand the number of spankings I got total when I was a kid – but she never, ever *let* me talk to her in a disprespectful manner. And she never let me disprespect others. Period. If kids are getting a little “worse” in some ways I think it’s partly the individual kid, partly the new kinds of trouble they can get into and influences around them, and partly the parents. I think there are a lot of factors that go into it. In general, kids are kids, and they will push boundaries. That’s what they do, lol. I’m definitely not saying all parents are doing a crappy job – there are tons of fantastic parents out there, and I have great respect for them and all they do. I’m not a parent yet myself, so this is only my opinion looking at these situations from the outside. And I’m not saying go crazy and micromanage every aspect of their life or anything crazy like that – but consistent rules, that are actually inforced, I think would help. And exposing them to some better role models wouldn’t hurt either. 🙂 Or at least taking the time to explain that what they see on tv or on the internet is *not* how you should act.

    4) Should creationism be taught in public schools?
    Another really touchy one, lol. I would say no. I’m a Christian, but I believe it’s up to the individual family until a certain age, and then the individual person once they’re an adult, to figure out what they want to believe. Faith, however you choose to believe or not, is a very personal thing. I agree with you – leave it to the church. I also agree with you on leaving God in the Pledge of Allegiance. Our country was founded by religious people, and it is part of our history. If you don’t believe in God, just don’t say that part. It’s personal choice. No one is holding a gun to anyone’s head, telling them they *have* to believe it, and (speaking for myself) I’m not going to judge a person for having a different belief than me. If you’re standing next to me, and don’t say “under God,” I’m not going to look at you funny or think I’m better or more enlightened. Now if you actually want to talk about God with me, I’m there. 🙂 But I wouldn’t force it on you, or on the kids in school. Different beliefs make life interesting, and make for great conversation. Two people I love dearly are atheists, and I respect them and their beliefs, and they’re fine with mine. I have a Muslim friend. A Jewish friend. A friend who is a Jehova’s Witness. I have a friend who goes to a church where the women are only allowed to wear long dresses. I think any teaching about God, or the lack thereof, should come from home and personal study.

    5) Should the alcoholic drinking age be increased or decreased?
    I think it would be nice if it weren’t such a big deal. I get why they have the law, but I agree – I think if it were less of a taboo it would be less of a problem. I had sips of wine coolers every now and then. A sip of champaigne on new years. A little wine at Thanksgiving and Christmas. It was tradition. It wasn’t a big deal in my family, and it was clear that it was for celebration, or when you’re older to compliment a meal. So, for me, when I turned 21 I didn’t feel the need to freak out and drink until I nearly died. I think there should always be clear discussion of responsibility and the consequences of your actions – there will always be people who, for whatever reason, abuse alcohol – but I wonder if it would happen as much as it does if alcohol, and the reasons people drink, were looked at differently?

    • Kymlee

      I love that you got so indepth here. It looks like we share a lot of the same viewpoints. I also like how you said child behavior is “different” not better or worse, that’s definitely true, I like your reasoning. Thanks so much!

  3. I sometimes struggle when I speak in Gangsta, but I managed to push through I think. And now I have a headache.

    • Kymlee

      OH. DEAR.GOD… Pete…….
      I fucking love you. no, really.. I love you super a whole lot. That just made my fucking life. HILARIOUS!
      I fink you’re pretty fucking spectacular!

      “there’s no need to throttle em'”
      “listening to shitty dance music and shit!”
      “in the 50’s they were disciplined, in the 60’s they were stoned, in the 70’s they were too busy dancing and shit…”
      hahahahah hahaha
      “I’m gonna cough quite excessively…. and then I’m probably gonna have a chicken sandwich and shit!”

      HOLY Fuck dude. You win… You just WIN.
      ❤ xo

      • Kymlee

        also, you made me think of something, my first two vids WERE more geared to American type problems, therefor probably not causing a lot of interest for my other listeners/readers. I’m going to have to do more rounds of ?s like this one that have a broader spectrum of answers. Thank you for the video response. That was fabulous.

        • :D!!! That was the best reply I’ve ever had, hands down. Thank you! Is it wrong that I find myself funny? I’ve watched it three times, I suppose if others do then it’s okay lol.

          Do more questions like these definitely then I can do more responses 😛

          And because I too have much love for you, I shall confirm that I did indeed; have a chicken sandwich.

          • Kymlee

            Oh it’s not wrong at all. You’re super funny. I knew it before but that def sealed the deal. You’re awesome, and I want MOARRRRRRRR. MOAR funny gangsta Pete. right meow

  4. Idle Emma

    4. Should creationism be taught in public schools?
    Never. Creationism is a belief of religion with no scientific evidence, schools are not for teaching a single religion and if you want to teach people about creationism, it should be kept in church. I disagree with what you said about how you shouldn’t be teaching evolution either because evolution is science. People claim evolution is just a theory but that is a misunderstanding of what a scientific theory is. Evolution is based on a huge amount of evidence that is fact.
    I get kind of defensive when it comes to creationism as I heavily disagree with religious beliefs like that and am against people forcing religion on children anyway.

    • Kymlee

      I agree with your statement on creationism of course… to me it’s a no brainer. What I said about evolution though, I’m still shaky on that because even though it’s largely based on facts, I think there are a lot of holes. If I had to honestly pick something, I would majority go with evolution but I would teach it as not ALL fact but based on the facts that people have found to be true “thus far” and for something to be true 100 percent, there needs to be 100 percent truth without assumption. (Which we all know can be pretty much close to impossible haha) Rather I would change the way we teach about certain things, which would educate young minds to develop with an “anything is possible” attitude and an open mind so that when they go to do things in life they are looking at life on a large scale instead of a small one. I know that probably doesn’t make a whole lick of sense, but I feel that if we learned how to accept things without judgement at an early age, a lot of the social and educational issues we have now would be null and void. It’s a pipe dream to change the infrastructure of an entire way of life, but dreams have been proven to be effective when properly executed. I actually want to get really in depth into this particular topic at some point to better explain myself because I’m having trouble finding the right words or examples to convey exactly what I mean. I will get back to you on this! Thanks for your views on this session, I appreciate them as always ♥

      • Idle Emma

        Well it is difficult to know things as 100% true and there are some gaps still that evolution is working to explain which some creationists point at as a reason not to believe in evolution, but no matter how often people try to disprove it, it still stands so it while you can rarely be 100% sure, I think you can be 99.99% sure in evolution.
        I do see your point though in educating young people to have open minds because if they don’t have open mind and can’t dream, well nothings going to change, for the better anyway. I think it does come down a lot to how things are taught. You’re told things and just expected to believe them without fully understanding them. While sometimes you have to be told what is right and what is wrong, things like maths for example, generally speaking we should focus more on teaching people how to think and not what to think. Learn the basic facts, and use those as the springboard for your own ideas.
        Okay I’m not entirely sure if I’m making sense either, I appear to have veared off point and lost track of what I was going to say XD

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