Climb the highest mountain, kiddo, it’s all right


Considering the current news frenzy about things such as: Arizona’s illegal immigration law, the Gulf of Mexico oil spill fiasco, lying politicians, the Iranian nuclear standoff, as well as the catastrophe of  North Korea sinking the South Korean ship,… the reporting of underage kids setting world records in this or that categories sounds neither exciting nor important — and perhaps even a waste of time…  

In addition to other such prior announcements, recently a 13 year-old young person from Big Bear, California, Jordan Romero, reportedly became the youngest to climb Mt. Everest, the highest peak in the world…     

As a result of the reportage of the achievement this weekend, the initial scope of this narrative was maybe to pontificate about how asinine it is to give young people so much mass attention simply for being the youngest to complete a particular task, often while being escorted by a team of adults…

But after reflecting on the matter, the attention given to these events seemed a bit more reasonable — precisely, maybe, because all the serious occurrences continually in the news need to have, occasionally at least, some feel-good stories devoid of extra stress inducing topics…

In the whole scheme of life, being the first young person to do this or that does not seem to be any more or any less important, it seems, than so many things adults do in life that are not earth shattering, but which receive extraordinary attention, like racing around an oval several hundred times…  And, so, if the child involved is not being harmed by the escapade, so be it… 

Apologies to racing fan aficionados, of which I am one…   Just sayin’…

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One Response

  1. It is remarkable that Jordan Romero even wanted to undertake such a task. Every parent has tried to talk a child into something. Balk is the word, but not this kid.
    He jumped right in and stayed until he crossed the finish line.
    Good for you, Jordan. Where will the next challenge take you? Be safe and enjoy life…look for “…the moments that take your breath away.” (George Carlin)

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