In today’s news, the New York Library is having a one time “forgive all” event. All library late fees will be wiped clean for anyone under 17 years of age.
Sounds nice, right? I don’t know. This seems to be a world of no consequences anymore…….Grades are being abolished from school systems; children of this generation don’t have the same chance at “learning consequences” it seems. My grandson in kindergarten knows that library books are borrowed, not owned. You face a consequence if you don’t obey the rule. When I went to school, grades were the scale of achievement….not merely a pass or fail check mark.
Yes, I know it is a one time, nice gesture due to a library grant, but what does this gesture do to all those kids who owed a fine. Owing a fine used to be a big deal, you were scared to lose or detain a book’s return. There was even a Seinfeld episode devoted to the haunted mind of Jerry, who owed decades of accumulated fines.
Will this forgiveness cause some to believe that consequences will not always be waiting for those who abuse privileges and rules…….
I leave this question for those of you to ponder and comment.
I have a new book coming out for Halloween. It is a collection of ghost stories as only a medium could create……Get one to enjoy, or give one to a friend who is suffering grief and needs to feel continuance of energy does exist in another realm.