Certainly by now you have heard the news about Justin Bieber's arrest for DUI and drag racing.
When I first heard, I do what I always do with that category of news: I ignored it. I try very hard to keep pop culture out of our home, as it is, in my opinion, one of the most dangerous enemies of the family. And I'll give you a short list of reasons why.
It misrepresents reality, creating discontentment with normal life.
It paints a false picture of happiness.
It is usually lewd, rude, and crude.
It applauds the poorest role models on the planet.
I had to address this particular incident, though, because Bieber's issues are deeper than a DUI--his first crime, I reminded my kids, was his underage drinking at 19 years old.
Chances are, though, that his success will continue, as that is just the way our culture is. Rebellion is rewarded, even celebrated.
We are on our fourth snow day today here in Virginia. Long days at home--cooking, playing games, watching (old) movies. "Home is real life to me. I love just being together, talking, baking, watching movies, even cleaning," Mary and Emma, 16 and 15, expressed to me separately after being snow bound all week. It made my heart soar to hear it, as not all teenage girls are so fond of their families.
Their comments reminded me--who cares about the latest antics of the rich and famous? We have our own list around here--The Real Life List: faith, fun, hard work, respect, common courtesy, love.
It's the list that lasts. It's the list that matters.
The Sims kids-- living real life.