Tuesday, December 18, 2012

An initial thought on a violent week

You're right, it's not guns. And it's not violence in our movies and television shows. And it's not violent video games and violent music. And it's not the breakup of the family. And it's not a particular mental condition. And it's not about the death of religion in America. And it's not about the inherent alienation so prevalent in teen culture. And it's not the way electronics have supplanted real relationships. And it's not the urbanization of society. And it's not all the chemicals we've been pumping into the environment. And it's not the dehumanizing work of advertising. And it's not an American tendency toward retribution and violence in response to perceived insult. So let's not talk about any of those things.

Instead, it is:

guns AND violence in our movies and television shows AND violent video games AND violent music AND the breakup of the family AND our inability to deal with mental illnesses AND the disappearance of religion in America AND the inherent alienation so prevalent in teen culture AND the way electronics have supplanted real relationships AND the urbanization of society AND all the chemicals we've been pumping into the environment AND the dehumanizing work of advertising AND the American tendency toward violence in response to perceived insult.

So let's talk about ALL of those things together, because they are all part of the problem, and they all need to be addressed if we want to find a solution.

(feel free to add your own items to the list, if you think it's helpful).

1 comment:

lori said...

That's the way I look at it. It is no one issue, it's many. I am not an Obama fan, but it sounds like he is consulting on several issues to find answers and I appreciate it. I have been praying for him and the other powers that be, that God would somehow guide them.