Difficult aspects of growing up in the USA
“When I look back I can't believe how my parents managed, but the cliché is true. We didn't have money, but we were rich in so many other ways.” –Joaquin Phoenix (source 1). Growing up in the USA can be a hard time for anyone. No matter who you are, you will surely bump into some problems growing up. This holds true whether you are black, white, rich, poor, gay or straight. The problems you face are human ones. Things will be hard, but love is everywhere. In this essay, I will examine how individuals in American society let dominant emotions from childhood affect decisions they make in their lives. Physical abuse of children often breeds violence in those children at a later age. In the book “The secret life of bees” by Sue Monk Kidd a girl named Lily gets beaten up by her father. The father-daughter relationship them in between is very unhealthy. Unfortunately this is a true fact for many families all around the world. Abuse often comes for a reason, a causative factor. Lily accidently shoots her mother as a little child and her father blame her for this. This is very understandable, but violence is never the solution for violence. Violence is often the result of misunderstandings between people. Misunderstandings that can lead to big problems for all of us. Violence, death, depression, unhappy children. Is there anything worse than that? A lot of people act before they have considered the consequences. They do not think about what can happen if they hurt someone. What if that one mean comment you said to your classmate ruined his confidence? Think about that one time you hit him, because you got angry. Maybe that was the reason for why he now is beating other children up? It can be the reason for why he died in a gang fight last week. It is important to remember; bring caution to your actions. Lily’s father blamed his daughter by beating her. He was angry and grieved over the loss of his wife. Lily had lost it all...
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