This is what you get when you raise kids with time outs instead of spankings. They grow up not respecting other people or their property. When I was a kid, kids didn't speak unless spoken to and if they got out of line they got spanked. As a result by the time they became adults they had a clear understanding of proper social etiquette and knew and simply honored social boundaries almost instinctively. There were just certain things that you did not do like disrespecting an elder or purposefully damaging the property of someone else.
In my day graffiti generally only appeared in the slums and sections of town where kids grew up totally unsupervised and undisciplined. It was a sign of poverty and social collapse. Once we bought into the Dr. Spock thing though slowly that same general disrespect for other people and their property became common place in our youth focused society across all social levels.
Now graffiti appears everywhere and kids will just as soon spit in the face of an elderly person as they would help them. They grow up and become civic leaders who will just as soon trash the whole community just so that they can have their way politically. They also become very self centered and egotistical and think that the whole world owes them some kind of a living and massive respect. They just can't seem to comprehend the concept of earning those things. Why? Because as they were growing up everything was handed to them on a silver platter with no questions asked and nothing required in return.
In short you generally reap what you sow and raising kids in this manner is sowing the seeds of social destruction. In effect it takes us back to power to the strongest rather than the wisest and that is civil devolution in my book. As a result we are unable to learn from past mistakes and fall into the same pot holes as our predecessors time and again with each generation.
I know there are tons of folks out their who will scream bloody murder about this article and insist that "beating kids does more harm than good." Well there in lies the problem. I do not refer to beatings like thirty lashes with a cat-o-nine tails. I am talking about firm discipline that an undeveloped toddler's mind can comprehend and relate to. It begins the process of establishing behavioral boundaries early on in their development so that those boundaries are etched into their personalities and reinforced throughout their development from childhood into adulthood.
It is interesting to notice what is going on in our society in some respects. I have noticed that when kids misbehave today with parents who were raised with no discipline they are often severely restricted in their behavior and activities by their own self centered parents using old traditional corporal punishment techniques so in a bizarre way this may well be a precursor of a generation with really severe boundaries embedded in their psyche's. It will be interesting to see how things materialize in the next twenty to thirty years when it comes to social attitudes and child rearing.