I never wanted to release this song, but my heart is wounded and I have to cry out.
Our kids are killing each other, in the streets of Cleveland, in Akron and even in seemingly "safe" neighborhoods far away from the cities. Our schools, which are supposed to be places of learning are now becoming places where fear and violence all too often breed. Is this the society we have created? Are we not paying attention to what's going on? What can be done to turn the tide, and can we? Our leaders (and we all) need to turn our earnest attention to this crisis and take an honest look at why this type of tragedy has become such the trend.
My heart goes out to all of the victims, friends and families of this latest senseless act and to all the grieving communities of those who have lost their loved ones and are only left to ask "why?"
You know, this is just my opinion; (and I even hesitate to share it), but it seems that we (meaning our society) train our young ones to be assassins, snipers and aggressive all-out killing machines from an early age. So many feel it's perfectly alright to "play" kill and destroy because it's "virtual" - it's not real. But guess what? The emotions and reactions it provokes are VERY real, and it sends the very real message that this violence is indeed the appropriate solution to whatever the situation is. You may say it's just a "game", or just a movie, TV show or whatever, and that kids can tell the difference, but I would say that's a very naive way of thinking. As a parent, I can tell you that children don't always have the capability to exercise the best or most mature judgement, and their view of things can be horrendously flawed and greatly influenced by outside forces. You know that expression, "you are what you eat"? Well, I think it applies here as well - fed a constant diet of violence and aggression, what do you think you'll get back, peace and love? We feed them on these images and experiences relentlessly, until it becomes ingrained in their brains, reflexes and synapses. It resides there until it's triggered by whatever it is that makes them act out, without the sense of restraint that a fully grown adult may have. And as we have witnessed; even many full grown adults have acted out in this evil and unimaginable way. If there is to be ANY change in this trend of mindless and senseless tragedies, there would first have to be an honest and deep assessment of what we promote as acceptable entertainment for our children (for one). Then, there would have to be REAL action taken to try and change our attitudes towards our violent tendencies. It goes way beyond gun laws, although that comes into play as well. This is a conversation that needs to be had from the family level all the way up to the top echelons of our government.
Have we gone too far to stop what we've put in motion? Is this what we are to accept as the "new normal"? It's not about any place being "safe" due to its geographical location or its size, or anything like that - the monster lurks within.
People, until we really take a look at what we're doing and make a truly concerted effort to address it and then reverse it - we have our answer.