Culture, Morality & Children

Thai Child Boxers, Buffalo Girls, Screenshot

As I was eating lunch the other day, I decided to start to narrow down which movies I was going to see over the Holidays. My family always went to the movies on Thanksgiving and Christmas and with ABC’s 25 Days of Christmas as a staple in my childhood, I tend to view this season as one for movies even more than the summertime.

I watched a few trailers and then I came across a movie that had more awards than anything this Transformers fan has every seen. Sure, I like to pretend to be into film but I am a sucker for blockbusters.

It was the trailer for “Buffalo Girls” and I was speechless.

My heart pounded and I continually asked myself, “Is this even okay?”. As a former middle school pastor, I’ve seen some lunch room fights but to see these little girls pummel each other – was a different story. The fact that poverty and finances were involved, probably led to even more of my unease.

After reading a few of the comments on YouTube, it got me thinking about the role culture plays in regards to our framework of morality. These comments, as you know, are they are usually filled with misspellings and superflous emoticons.

But that didn’t stop me from considering their logic. Could it be that they were right?

Was this any different than children in American being recruited for college athletics programs in middle schools? Or from elementary children learning martial arts? Or from sixth graders competing in wrestling matches on club and school teams?

I didn’t come to a conclusion. And I know this is pretty weighty. But as creatives, our framework and our mind’s eye can be our most valuable tool while at the same time, being unchallenged and undeveloped. Which led me to write this post. To get us thinking about our thinking, if you will. I’d love your opinion on this video, but more than that, I’d love for us to not only continue in sharpening our skills but also improving the way our minds approach things.

What do you think? Did you cringe as much as I did? How do we sharpen our thinking and not just our technical skills?



Blane Young

Blane is a former Communications Pastor who now works with college students as a Campus Missionary with Chi Alpha at American University. He considers himself to be the second funniest person alive, fairly humble and an incredible chef because he once owned a recipe book for Ramen Noodles. He is happily married and is enjoying adjusting to life in Washington, DC.

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