I personally believe that what we need to teach kids is when to break the rules and when not to. If we never give the kids a chance to make their own choices then they will never know how. Then what happens when they grow up and the rules are not there anymore? Now what these kids will learn is that football and sports are more important than making a difference in people’s lives. So when they grow up they will have the attitude that no matter what the need someone has they can’t help them because there are too busy. Yea maybe there was another time they could have donated blood or maybe there was not we don’t have that info.
Maybe it’s just me but I truly believe that the only impact we have in this world is what we do for others. If all I worry about is me then when I am dead and gone nothing I will have done will matter. However by helping others you can make a difference in people’s lives for generations. If a coach or a boss has a problem with that oh well there are other jobs and other sports. And yes I would "wine" to the press or whoever else will listen because by don’t that it may not change the coach’s mind but it may change the opinion of the people hearing the story and then maybe they will be inspired to help others to.
How many people responding here played high school ball? I know that we rules that we had to abide by such as coming to every practice. However, I do believe that if any of us had asked to go to a blood drive we would have been allowed and even encouraged to go. We wouldn't have been kicked of the team for going to such an event, but I can guarantee you that we would have run laps or gassers to make up for missing or being late for practice.
There is proper times and proper ways of doing things. No I do not believe that all rules are to be blindly followed, but when you decide to break the rules then you decide to accept the punishment at the same time. Martin Luther King jr. was the best example he would protest the laws and go to jail for it. He knew what would happen and was willing to pay the price, and accepted he would. That is where I stand on this, when you know the rules you either obey the rules or accept the price of not obeying the rules.
Cassius Clay did that too.
Originally Posted by tony pasley
I thought he was wrong but he stepped up and paid the price for his choice.
I have the utmost respect for the man today because of that.
I fully agree, I respect anyone who accepts the price of thier actions. I cannot, nor will not abide anyone who cries, whines or runs away.
Originally Posted by Mr. P