Ok here we go again… at some point I will learn to keep my mouth shut… but probably not anytime soon.
Utopia – A world where we did not need to worry about defending ourselves and go to sleep at night knowing that the bad guy did not have access to automatic weapons and there would be no violence. We all believe the same, think the same, behave the same and we would all eat at the world restaurant taco bell – Oh wait that sounds like a movie… WAIT it is a movie – Demolition man. Just FYI Watched that movie… did not end as well as they hoped
Reality (Disclaimer – this is going to piss off some people but that is just the way it is. Sorry.) We live in a world that is violent. There are violent movies (see the Demolition man reference), violent video games (Mortal Kombat, Grand Theft Auto to name a few), violent books (Hunger Games comes to mind), violent TV shows (the nightly news to name one), and finally violent people (refer back to the nightly news comment).
Demolition Man, which opened in 1993, has grossed in the life of the film (almost 30 years)
$58,055,768 TOTAL *
The Hunger Games book was made into a movie has grossed to date
Domestic: $408,010,692 + Foreign: $278,522,598 = Worldwide: $686,533,290 *
Demolition man is about a cop they bring back to catch a bad guy. Simple enough, the good over evil thing and the good guy wins.
Hunger Games is about a world where they force children to KILL other children. Golly sounds terrible and sad and it was the hottest movie of its day AND they now sell school supplies, t-shirts and party supplies with the imagery of Hunger Games in most stores.
Grand theft auto first-day sales were worth about $310 million globally and Mortal Kombat 9 has become the highest selling fighting game in 2011 with over 3 million in sales.
TV has too many shows to mention but to list a few. Within the top 10 violent TV shows are Dexter, Sons of Anarchy, and The Shield.
All I am pointing out here is that there is a lot of violence in our day to day lives. It is part of the society that we live in. Another part of that society is the fact that not everyone follows the legal guidelines that the rest of us do. They obtain guns and drugs illegally and really don’t care if the rest of the world approves because the only thing that matters is what they want. We have Cartels crossing our boarders trafficking guns, drugs and people. At some point in the lives of all the people involved in the violence, was there not one person, one single person, to tell them it was wrong.
I have discussed this with other people of all walks of life and had one lady tell me this: “I’ve been doing a lot of thinking, and, I’ve realized we’re raising a generation of sociopaths. By never letting them feel any pain – we are raising them without empathy. Yes, we should do everything possible to make them feel loved and wanted, but we’ve swung the pendulum too far in the opposite direction. No disappointment, no failure…they don’t have to TRY for anything. Which absolutely does NOT prepare them for real life as adults. No failing grades…allowances paid regardless of whether or not chores are done. Small things, really, relatively speaking…but they add up to the larger problem. The world revolves around them, they are told they are brilliant and rewarded no matter what they do or don’t do, and they have no coping skills or concept that anyone else has feelings but themselves. They have no empathy for their fellow humans, no conscience, no concept of right and wrong, cause and effect, or consequences for their actions.” She completely hit the nail on the head.
I mention all these movies, games and TV shows for a reason. This is where our children are learning right from wrong. I actually read a news article about 3 months ago that was reporting the shooting of one child (9) by another child (12). When they were talking to the young man about what happened and told him his friend was dead and the child said “No all I have to do is restart the game, he’ll get up and play again”
Just the fact that one child thinks this way means we have gone too far. People today don’t seem to realize there are life changing consequences to their actions. The truly sad part is that they don’t seem to care
We are blaming guns and lack of religion as well as everything else that we can. When do we start to accept the fact that we are to blame for allowing all of the things that I mentioned above to raise our kids? All of those things are contributing to the lack of morals and common sense that is the people of today. Notice I did not say kids, because it is not just kids.
I would like to say it is not too late. I would like to say that we can stop the tidal wave of self centered, self gratifying, single minded behavior that is taking over the world as we know it. I would like to say…
At this point I am not sure anymore. When people remember and look forward to the stories of evil in this society, when those who have a famous name and face get a slap on the wrist only to go out after killing someone to make another million, when killers and drug dealers are making money by destroying others lives. When the victim is forgotten or worse blamed for the steps they took that did not stop the crime that was committed against them, That my friends is why I say I don’t know.
It is a scary violent world we live and an end to that violence seems to be nowhere in sight.