America desensitized

Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold on the high school's security cameras in the cafeteria in Columbine

MISSOURI, May 3, 2014— America has become so desensitized that very little is shocking.

Crime today is so prevalent that we keep statistics on the categories of crime such as murder and rape. We have metal detectors in schools, and our children have to wear identification tags. Killing in our schools is prevalent. It is not uncommon to hear in the news of a spouse killing their mate and in some cases their children. There is even a crime game targeting Jewish people, called “knockout.”

Corporations regularly “cook the books” to show earnings that are not real. This “white-collar crime” is just another layer added onto our crime base of today.

Some news outlets have the rogue of the week, and yes they always have one regarding a person or corporation getting caught violating the law.

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This scofflaw society contrasts starkly with the past. There was a time when even getting a traffic ticket was a big deal. Not only was the cost daunting, but it was embarrassing, and it was something we certainly did not brag about.

One might argue that way back in history, there were gun duels, violent arguments and so forth, but those were not common and people found these acts shocking.

The number of divorces has increased tremendously from the times of the 30s and 40s. Back in those days, it was not looked on too kindly to be divorced.

An unwed pregnant woman caused major scandal, but today it is commonplace. One statistic estimates that forty-one percent of babies are born out of wedlock.

The entertainment community provides a stark example of our desensitization.  Movies today must include some of one or all the following: sex, adultery, crime and killings. Songs often contain violent and disgusting phrases. Some singers flaunt their bodies to attract viewer ship for their videos.

Even our government seems to have run amuck, with no control and no concern for the massive scandals that envelope it.

The President has taken power into his own hands, defying the Constitution that is the ruling document for this country.

The Fast and Furious scandal was bad, but by the time Benghazi, IRS and NSA came along, people shrugged and moved on.  We have become completely unimpressed by blatant government corruption.

What happened to being shocked and upset by things? To standing up to right and wrong and standing by our values?

When even a government is corrupt, when there is no one to lead or provide moral and ethical direction, we are truly in a bad place.

However, that’s from a time and place I am from-

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  • Petra Nadal

    Very good article. Should give you something to think about