I have really been trying so hard to avoid writing this post but have decided that I must get these feeling out of me in some constructive way.
A few days ago we suffered yet another mass shooting in one of our educational institutions and as much as I try to avoid the negativity of this event it keeps coming back to haunt me. This is another event in the long string of events that have plagued our country in such a way that I have made a conscious decision to try to avoid area’s where young people gather.
There are so many who are pointing blame on so many things right now from gun rights to mental health programs, but as I think about the my own life as a youth and the lives of those who I knew growing up there seemed to be a common denominator that kept us all in check. It was simply fear. I feared getting my ass whooped by my father or someone else father if I should do something wrong. I feared the police and the thought of going to prison, and of course I feared God as I knew in my mind that doing something crazy like mass murder would lead me to an eternity of pain and damnation to hell.
Our youth today fear very little as it is the parents who actually fear going to jail for spanking their children when they do wrong. Even working in the Prison system I watched as many of America’s children celebrated the fact that they are doing State time and will be honored with making it to the next rank in the street gang they are a part of. Most of our children are growing up without the fear of God as most believe that is just a story told by a few old men thousands of years ago and it is just fiction. But even in a free society there have to be not only lows in place to protect the innocent, but also laws that are based upon a common level if fear if they are broken. This is the moral factor of any country and even dictatorships only manage to control there populations through the act of fear.
It seems that somehow we have elevated the reward system but taken away from the system of punishment. It is an has always been about pain and pleasure. People do the right things to feel pleasure and when they do the wrong things they know to expect the element of pain. When these rules are learned at an early age it sets guidelines in what we understand as the lines that can or cannot be crossed.
Too many children today spend far too much time unsupervised as parents scramble each day to spend 14 hours of their days trying to make a living. With a new fear of going outside to play they are driven to seek out other pleasures of things they find on the internet, music that teaches bad behavior and virtual reality games that become more reality to them than reality itself. But still we teach them that having a good eduction will help them to reach a happy level in life so they go off to our colleges and borrow more money than we did to purchase our first house only to graduate and not be able to find a job. The problem now is that it has become so prevalent that they know this fact even while they are still in school.
There are many people who will disagree with me with all of these things, but this is just my own personal opinion about what I see is really going on in our great country. I welcome all responses and idea’s whether you agree with me or not. The answer has to start somewhere or else our country will continue on the same path it has been recently going over the last decade.