Stupid, Stupid Boy

So, it’s fairly certain that one of the biggest fires in Oregon at the moment was started by a 15-year-old boy playfully throwing a smoke bomb into a ravine while hiking in the woods. To hell with burn bans. The world is one big video game! Woo hoo! If we destroy everything, we just hit the reset button, right?

I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again. The vast majority of the crime and destruction in this world is perpetrated by boys between the ages of 15 and 24, regardless of race or religion. It’s like they take out their brains and set them on a dusty shelf in the back of their closets for a decade.

I know that’s a sweeping generalization. I’m sure there are plenty of good kids wandering around. But from a statistical standpoint, I wouldn’t bet the farm on any of them. When it comes to violence, theft, graffiti, traffic accidents, bar fights, rape, DUI, and general stupidity, the numbers bear me out.

I hope there are consequences for this kid. I hope he has to help fight this fire. I hope he has to walk through the devastated landscape afterwards and see what he’s done. Somehow, someone has to get through to him.

He won’t be in the stupid stage forever. How will he feel in his 30’s about what he did? This may sound strange, but I hope he regrets it quite a lot. Because that will show that he has developed some sort of a moral compass, as painful as it will be for him. If, on the other hand, he laughs it off, is allowed to get over it, or becomes angry and bitter and stays stuck in his stupidity, then heaven help us all.

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4 thoughts on “Stupid, Stupid Boy

  1. Carole Lewis

    The Great Smoky Mountains, Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg suffered greatly due to a fire reported to have been set by two 15 yr, olds. Thirteen people lost their lives. Adding to the tragedy no charges have been made nor will be. Their identities are shielded, there will be no justice. They have ruled that they could not prove if another fire due to high winds was started first or rose out the first fire. I and thousands of others will never understand. not even a hand slap.
    I have to say Dolly Parton and her charities were so giving and right there to help, that they have allowed me to keep my faith in most humans.

  2. Carole Lewis

    DOUBTFUL, everyone thinks they are the children of very wealthy members of the community. They will probably be shielded their whole lives. Ever if they were given the opportunity to publicly apologize to the thousands of lives they changed, would have salved some wounds.

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