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    The Problem

    By on July 7, 2020 in See It Here

    If I had kids, there would be a moment when I’d have to sit down with them and use the Marvin Gaye line-“What’s Going On”?

    Note: I’m glad I don’t have children:

    Second Note: The song was written in 1971 about a police brutality incident.

    But I would make the following points:

    *These are unique moments when people are angry. Now, there is always anger. You see it in school (and at home). But when you are angry–bad decision are made. The lesson is to be strong enough to pause and see the big picture.

    *Don’t respond to anger with anger. During the “pause,” let the other person vent and yell. Then ask if they are ready to talk.

    Since we are talking about children, keep it to two or three points.

    Watching-listening-reading President Trump’s campaign rants makes one think he oughta follow that guidance.

    Bottom Line: Pointing fingers doesn’t fix anything.

    Marvin Gaye saw it:

    “Don’t punish me with brutality
    Talk to me, so you can see.”

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