Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Stop the madness

Is anyone else fed up?

What is wrong with people these days? Parents killing their children, Children killing parents, Children killing children, why all the killing? Has it always been like this or is it getting worse? I sometimes think that we may just hear about it more now because of the media but then I think back to my childhood and realize that it wasn’t this bad back then. Perhaps it is that there are just more people, or maybe it is the media itself causing all this killing. I just don’t know.

Why do people think that killing is the answer? I just watched a news clip and this child was showing no remorse at all when talking about how he stabbed someone to death. He looked normal. The other morning I caught a short piece of a hunting show. This guy was hunting deer and got so excited when he killed a big one. I used to hunt just for food and really never liked the idea of killing anything. This person was shouting and carrying on like he won a prize or something. Then he ran off and picked up the bloody head and was so proud of what he had done. Way to go guy, you killed a living creature.

The other night I saw on the news where a mother tossed one of her kids in a raging river and then jumped in carrying her other child and all three of them died. I have no problem with someone killing themselves. Don’t get me wrong, I think it is sad but what I really hate is when they want to take others with them. This leads me to believe that the media is responsible for all this killing. It seems like these people are not just trying to kill themselves, they are trying to make a statement. They want to go out being famous. Would they still kill others if there was no TV or radio our would they just kill themselves?

It must have something to do with a lack of self esteem. Or maybe it’s the need for attention. But why does everyone feel that they need attention. Have they ever done anything that deserved attention? Maybe that is the root of the problem. People somehow feel that they are deserving of something without having to work for it. My brother is one of those people. He thinks that he deserves what other people have just because. He always wants to be the big man on campus but doesn’t do anything to deserve it.

They say that all these killers displayed a pattern. Looking back, they say that their actions should have been and indicator of things to come. The truth is that it is easy to pick out these indicators after the fact. If we lock up everyone that is displaying strange behavior, there wouldn’t be many people left. We just don’t know which ones are going to crack and which ones will cope. The real truth is no one cares until they do snap. I have told bosses that I thought someone’s actions were suspicious but they just laughed and said I was crazy. So what can you do? The only thing we can do is live our life the best way we can and hope and pray that we are not one of the ones caught up in one of these horrible incidents. I keep praying for the killing to stop but that is all I can do.

So today, take a moment to remember those who lost their lives at Virginia Tech, and pray for the ones that were left behind. It is hard to believe it has been a year already.

Have a Blessed day,


USAincognito said...

The end of the world is coming. I know Revelations talks about how just before Christ returns there will be increased violence and wars. Hmmmm.....sounds like our generation.

Kathy said...

I was nothing but amazed when I realized it had been a year! And you are so right that we should remember these families today.

Dave said...

So much crime... So much hurt. Every time a crime of a tragic death is committed, there are victims as there is no such thing as a victimless crime.

The way I look at it... If you are going to do any hurting... At least do the decent thing and protect your children from it.

Good post Greg!

Lori said...

That's a good post, Greg. You are right, there is something really wrong in our society today. So many tragic things happening and it just seems to be getting worse.

Wayfaring Wanderer said...

It is very disturbing, I can't even watch the news because of all that crap.

Here in Boone, we get the occasional break in, and people who de-pants girls on campus.....then I watch the news and am reminded of all the's so sad!

I hate that I just want to act blind about the whole thing, but what can you do?!

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Beth said...

I just hate to watch the news anymore.....and where are the freakin PARENTS of these kids??!!!! HELLO!!!!!!! I KNOW what my kids are doing, where they are, who they're with...ya, I'm nosey and I get all up in their "biz-nass" but that's my JOB as the parent in this relationship!!!!

Sandy said...

People are getting so desensitized with what is shown on TV. But yet...that doesn't explain it all for sure. It's so sad.

I didn't realize it had been a year since that incident.

Thoughtful post today Greg.


Janice Thomson said...

There is so much stress in our lives and slowly but surely the ones you least expect snap and do outrageous things like murder because they just can't take it anymore. I think some sort of compulsory course in school should be taught kids while they're young, to enjoy life, to take time to smell the roses, to SLOW down - and more important, how to handle stress.

Bina said...

Oh Greg. I could comment so much on this, but I won't, cause I don't want to cry.

But, I saw a news clip last about this kid, his last name is "Osborne". His parents chained him to a bed and only let him have soup and water. The other kids ate whatever they wanted. If the other kids tried to help him they would get beat.

Well, you can read about it here, but I cried, and I wanted the parents to DIE!!! And yea, that's wrong, but I couldn't help it.

Mom23QTs said...

People are insane, I'm giving them up for lent next year! ;-)

Susan Kelly Skitt said...

Truely Greg, the heart is deceitful above all things and desperately wicked, who can know it, understand it?

God can and he knows the thoughts and intents of the heart.

There are surely alot of crazy people out there for sure. I've often wondered what has affected them so to do what they do?

Then I think back to the very first son of Adam and Eve and see how sin affected people right from the beginning. God gave Cain an opportunity to turn and repent, but he did not and then he killed his brother Able out of jealously.

It is a sad world we live in but a world that Christ has come to redeem. Praise God one day He will make all things right!

Angie said...

Jesus said in Matthew 24 that wickedness would abound and the love of many would grow cold. We are seeing it come to pass.

These things are so disheartening. All I know to do is offer "blanket prayers" for the innocent. Surely our redemption draws near.

Heaven will be heavenly after hearing of all this mess down here, huh?

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