Thursday, April 24, 2008

Walk! Bike! Subway! Now!

It's funny that though a majority seems to believe in global warming and even wants governments to do something about it by force, people keep riding around in SUVs.

If you believe in global warming and don't want to stop driving your SUV, what is the government supposed to do about it? Force you to get out of your vehicle? Ration gasoline?

Build more subways? But what good is that if you can't be bothered to walk to the subway, or let your kids ride it?

Look at this:

Back in 1972, when many of today's parents were kids, 87 percent of children who lived within a mile of school walked or biked every day. But today, the Centers for Disease Control report that only 13 percent of children bike, walk or otherwise get themselves to school. (That lack of physical activity has prompted the CDC to create outreach programs designed to get kids walking to school again, in an effort to combat the childhood obesity epidemic.)

Looks like the reason kids keep getting ever fatter is that parents don't let them out of the house on their own anymore.

If you can't be bothered to get out of your car, at least leave your kids alone. As the saying goes, there's the love of apes and the love of eagles. (In case you've never heard it, apes allegedly hug their young to death, while eagles drop them from the sky to teach them how to fly.) And this brand of ape love is breeding a generation of fat paranoids.

If you're afraid for the safety of your kids, teach them self-defense, but don't put them on a leash. One day they'll have to learn it anyway.

Learn more:

"Why I Let My 9-Year-Old Ride the Subway Alone"

Free Range Kids

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