Letter: Corrupted ‘freedoms’ and the death of discipline

Posted 8/14/20

I’ve been wondering lately about the true meanings of two works in our English language. The first word is “freedom,” and the second is “discipline.”

The present idea …

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Letter: Corrupted ‘freedoms’ and the death of discipline

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I’ve been wondering lately about the true meanings of two works in our English language. The first word is “freedom,” and the second is “discipline.”

The present idea of “freedom” seems to be defined by acts of disobedience, vandalism, loud vocal disturbances, lack of courtesy and decency, damaging other people’s property, gun and physical violence, and many other acts of shameless misbehavior.

The second word, “discipline,” is no longer part of our present-day culture. Discipline is dead — RIP.

You served us well in past operations.

Jim Carroll
Bristol

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