Mass Shootings of 2012: Who Is Really to Blame?
Breivik said he had been playing violent video games to prepare himself for the shooting. At least 2 mass murders dressed up as the Joker from The Dark Knight, killing 3 (in Belgium) and 12 (in the US) respectively.
A sound question would be: why does the movie business so eagerly associate coolness with crime, and why does it create appalling role models for young people to follow?
Only several centuries ago, people would gather in squares in Europe to watch a criminal being hanged or a heretic being burned. It was considered normal and acceptable back then. Now it is hard for us to comprehend how people could attend such gatherings pretty much the way we attend shows and events nowadays.
Will the time come when people will be shocked to see the kind of movies we watch today and the sort of activities we indulge in?
Meanwhile, movie makers, video game developers and news people are barely concerned with the fruit their actions bring. There are psychological mechanisms in place distancing the real murderer from the end victim. Just the way a person eating steak does not realize what the steak used to be before it got served for dinner.
I remember taking a train in NYC (some 6 or 7 years ago) and seeing a Dexter commercial in the car. There was literally a corpse staring at me from the poster on the subway, where elderly people, pregnant women and children rode as well.
Nowadays, even movies that are considered good and heart-warming contain violence. I found Cloud Atlas pretty violent. Usually violence gives me a bad headache, so, I know if there is any in a move.
As for our news people, when I watch the news I really feel like jumping out of the window (that’s why I really don’t watch it). That’s because, out of all the occurrences that happened in a particular area during the day (someone got born, someone got married, someone kissed for the first time in their life, etc.), they scoop out all the negativity and present it to the public in a serious tone, so that everyone gets the gravity of the situation they are in.
By the way, a man recently slashed 23 children in China in a rampage reportedly “sparked by the Mayan doomsday prophecy”.
And, who if not the media creates, savors and heats up the news about the controversial prophecy, if I may ask?
So, really, instead of doing everything in their power to keep the society sane, certain institutions do all they can to do exactly the opposite. And – I bet they don’t feel bad about it.
Take TV and newspapers. People are being programmed by advertising and mass culture. How many of our wishes and dreams are actually our own? How many of us are really happy with their latest models of iPhones, our latest designer shoes and so on. I remember hearing a teenager screaming, virtually yelling at her parent on the phone that it was Friday night, and she didn’t have a date to go out with, so, obviously, that was the end of the world for her.
Who and what programs us to react to things that way? Why is it that we constantly feel bad about ourselves and are chasing the dreams somebody else created for us.
The Western society is driven by negative motivation. The way it works is, if you don’t live up to a standard, you’re a loser. So, people are motivated to do thing not because they feel like doing them, but because not doing them is bound to make them feel bad about themselves. So much for unconditional love and acceptance.
Would a person with true (his/her own) values walk into a place and kill innocent people?
This is the deed of a person who has nothing to lose. If the person had something to lose, he/she would cling to life and would never just throw it away like a used paper napkin.
President Obama said “they will not tolerate this any longer”. I wonder if they will tackle the real cause of the insanity that’s happening this time.
I do hope and pray so.
But also each of us should do all we can to reverse the insanity and stupidity that’s upon us.
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