In light of all the terrible headlines going on these days (Foley scandal, Amish/school shootings) we got into a discussion today about why things seem to be so much worse. for us. for our kids, etc. (as you can tell it was a very lighthearted lunch.lol) But it does make you wonder - what is it so different now? Is it that more terrible things are happening or is it that we are more aware of them -with 24hr news and the internet?
Is it the ease in which people can obtain guns? Is it all the violence we see on tv/movies or in games which has de-sensitized death and violence? What about the internet? as one coworker proposed - does the internet make certain acts seem less taboo and more "normal/ accepted"? therefore people with those tendences have more courage to act upon them?
I don't know what the answers are. Probably a combination of everything is to blame. I think it bears thought though - not just reactions. I wish we as a society could really objectively evaluate the issues and form solid conclusions. Extreme reactions from both the left and right don't seem to be working. It's too bad our leaders (and i mean all of them - government, religious, groups,etc) can't put aside their pettiness and really have dialogue about what to do. to actually work together and find common ground to make our societies better. I am so tired of the finger pointing and pompous, self-righteous crap that seems to flow out of people we look to for guidance. What are your thoughts?
*stepping down from the soapbox*