On the heels of having written about “Saving Our Boys”, today – seven months later, I am still concerned that the gun culture is taking newer heights. When in the middle of a city our young males can walk up to another and take a life stone-coldly, we are in deep trouble. The rhetoric about this is many, and the blame-game is tremendous. From Government, to Opposition, to Police to Parents, and Society and its political biases, everyone one is being blamed by everyone else. The churches and religions are not left off the hook, and are all being blamed for this monstrous act plaguing the nation. The churches’ lack of a collective and well constructed voice, and their seeming misguided focus is being lambasted by believers and non-believers alike. So who or what is really to be blamed?
I do not have the answer, let me hasten to say. What I do have however, is a few thoughts and observations about the nature of our society lately.
We have really been busy tearing each other up via social media, and live radio talk shows. We continue to treat others with scorn, neglect the younger generations, and the responsibilities we have been given to teach them basic values that many of us were introduced to as children. (Granted, some of them care squat about these values now. Maybe the tree is already bent out of shape?)
The fact is, our basic etiquette, manners and social responsibilities have been eroded. We have a serious Hurricane-Maria-Effect happening to our once-upon-a-time culture of courtesy, an effect which sadly has long preceded Hurricane Maria itself. No one cares to stop to give way for the benefit of another, everyone is busy, everyone is entitled to everything more than the other person, and no one dares to accept wrong when he or she is wrong. If this is what we teach then it is the modus operandi for those who are so awakened to the lessons being taught. After all, our children live what they learn. Continue reading