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December 5, 2018 Times don’t change; people change
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“If you’ve never done something you shouldn’t have …” (you’ll notice I used the word “if” at the beginning of this statement) you won’t want to, nor should you need to, read the rest of this column.

But you might find some good stuff toward the end.

Nevertheless, at the beginning of this study, I’ll offer the rousing “words of good” to everyone who feels as I do “uncomfortable at being nested in the largely familiar territory of misshaped and misspoken intents that ramble about too freely in our midst.”

Even remarkably well adjusted performance-oriented people who lean toward displaying a vestige of sainthood need be reminded of the second word in the above statement, the word declaring: “never.”

Its presence introduces the dangers of countless here-to-fore and easily forgotten verbal dalliances that can quickly swing back into action at any unguarded moment.

The most common “shouldn’t have” that can drag the ground from beneath our feet is that of our loosely structured language. An example of which was brought largely to our attention recently in a sports broadcasting reveal that if one doesn’t like a certain decision or action being made it is best to keep the opinion low key, or better still to oneself.

The lack of control shown is not limited to that one specific way in which rules will get bent. There can be many ways.

We don’t mean to be cruel and unthinking when we much too often strive to promote our opinions about the things of our interest, but we are readily compelled.

Although we should be allowed to be expressive there is much more to be dealt with in today’s changing world than that which was seen as challenging in days gone by.

That doesn’t mean some actions weren’t wrong in the aforementioned earlier times, just that human sensitivity has been cultured toward a different level now and must be rewired to meld with the newly adjusted approach to acceptances.

Example: I had a terrible time as a youngster; there were always those who liked to test the vulnerability of the new kid who was always thought to be a good target. My family was the prevalent type of renters in the ’30s and ’40s; we moved frequently from farm to farm.

The adversaries I seemed to attract were usually short-sighted in that I was not the “soft job” they anticipated. As a result I had many blackened eyes and bloodied nose bouts with the best of them. That’s not saying I was a bully, but I didn’t take anything I couldn’t hand back.

Times don’t really change, just the people populating the times change. I don’t think the people of my days really do well in today’s era, but then neither would the people of today do well in my days.

We might say: touché (French); to shay (American). Both mean: “gotcha.”

Lois Eckhardt may be reached at P.O. Box 413, Wellman, IA 52356.

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