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What Does Not Kill You, Makes You Stronger

Posted by Rob on Tuesday, 4 September, 2007

Let’s be realistic, life is a contact sport. This is not just a catch phrase for some sports drink.

The old adage “Only the strong survive” is alive and well, and that’s healthy. And that will always be the case, whether we are talking about sports, business or life in general. Healthy competition keeps everyone on their toes. It keeps everyone constantly striving, developing, and innovating. You keep one eye on the market and the other on your competition. Somewhere we are starting to lose this…

Another elementary school in Colorado has banned playing tag on its playground. Playing tag?!? Apparently some children are complaining they were harassed or chased against their will.

“It causes a lot of conflict on the playground,” says the assistant principal of the school.

Other running games are still allowed but if students start to chase each other, a playground aid with have to step in…

At least two parents complained about this ridiculous ban, but sadly most parents and children didn’t have a problem with this.

In 2005, two other Colorado elementary schools near this latest district in Colorado Springs did away with tag and similar games in favor of alternatives with less physical contact.

School officials are saying this move encourages students to play games and reduces playground squabbles. But what are we really teaching our children by sheltering them from the real world? How to grow up in a bubble? How to not stand up for yourself or get ahead in the world?

What happens when these kids that weren’t allowed to play tag, football, or other normal childhood activities grow up and are confronted with other real world situation that may involve some physical contact?

The playground lady is not going to be there to blow the whistle at the guy looking to rape, rob or otherwise injure you on the street. In the real world, not all the sheltering
rules are going to adhered to.

Is this person going to know better to run away or are they going to sit down and cry? Are these kids going to grow up and have enough nerve to fight back when that is the only option left at their disposal?

These children are our future. These weak willed, avoid conflict at all cost minded people are going to run our corporations and government. Do you think children in the
Middle or Far East are being brought up this way? Not on your life.

We need to nip this in the bud and prepare our children and ourselves for the REAL WORLD, where things sometimes take a turn for the worst. Where someone might need to take a stand for himself or herself and not rely on someone else to show up and fix it. Where people are prepared for the worst, and know how, when and what steps to take to get through it.

This is America, the greatest country in the world, founded by strong action-oriented men, who fought back against opposing forces and took a stand for what was right. Men who played tag and other contact sports as kids. Men who grew up strong and able bodied by preparing for the world as they knew it.

What has changed in the past couple hundred years? Outlawing Tag is not the answer, you pansy.

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