Monthly Archives: October 2013

A Social Sickness.

   Things seem to be getting really scary, there is no doubt about that. Every day the news and social media chatter is full of shocking and frankly, depressing stories of murder, violence or suffering. From the confusion and misery caused by mass shootings, too often involving schools or children, to the fear and panic created by bombings and the sensationalist hum perpetuated by our so-called “Free Media”,  I think we can all agree something about our society needs to be reevaluated. 

       But lately i’ve noticed a very interesting, albeit detrimental pattern in our social behavior. We are too focused on reacting, sometimes carelessly, to the problems we face rather than trying to understand and prevent them. We have ourselves convinced that swift and sincere justice must come in the form of punishment and deterrence, a zero tolerance policy when it comes to crime. Meanwhile our social environment continues to pump out violent and mentally ill individuals, who often filter through the system time after time, receiving little to no rehabilitation or help, and costing the taxpayers countless billions, only to end up hurting themselves or others despite all of the time and resources spent on the ‘Justice’ system. What we are left with are prisons full of sick or additced men and women, victim after victim, and streets and alleyways swollen with experienced criminals. All products of a society either too afraid or too lazy to take responsibility for the species we are a part of, and the circumstances we all face. With twenty five percent of the worlds prison population, are we really any safer?

      If we continue down this path, I fear it will cause a witch hunt of the mentally ill, and further exacerbate the problems we face. We have to understand punishing, humiliating, or demonizing an ill person for their behavior is not only blocking the path of recovery, it is also part of the cause of the core issue. Mental illness is degenerative if not treated and when the person suffering is mis-treated the dysfunction is amplified. Also, many disorders are triggered or caused by abuse or inhumane treatment,especially during childhood. Not to mention moral judgements matter little to the sick, who suffer against their will everyday, all while being alienated and ridiculed by mainstream society.

         Gun regulation does little to solve the issue either. Imaginary barriers only matter to those who are cognizant of them and honor them as law, otherwise no law will ever stop a deluded and ill person from picking up a gun or any other weapon and using it to inflict harm on others or themselves. Police, Laws, Legislation, these things are largely reactions to certain problems or issues and do almost nothing at all to change or prevent violence, or the social conditions that promote it.

          Instead of pointing fingers, and spending so much time, energy and resources on band-aid solutions, I think we need to start focusing on reforming the system that perpetuates the problems we are all so afraid of. Anger and punishment is no way to deal with sick people, and basically, thats the root of drug addiction, violence, and other social behavior issues, all symptoms of a greater collective illness. An outdated system that has overextended it’s presence and become cancerous,  threatening everything we love.

        

Unite.

We live in a very divided nation, which has it’s roots in an even more divided world. Anybody you talk to, if they have been paying attention to current events, will tell you things seem to be getting worse and worse. Everyone has their opinions on what is wrong or why, but most everybody seems to agree on two things: SOMETHING is not working and it’s the other sides fault.
In the last two decades I have watched a number of new movements surface and evolve, I have heard every argument for a million causes, and I have taken part in or observed thousands of political debates and discussions that, in all honesty, accomplished very little, if anything at all. I have noticed one undeniable fact that is the biggest obstacle in the way of any type of real change, and that is the complete lack of unity that permeates our culture, and therefore any movement or political system which grows out of it.
We have spent countless hours debating and arguing our beliefs and even more time trying to discredit those with political persuasions we perceive as being in opposition to our own, and what do we have to show for it but more of the same? While the various groups and sub groups argue, bicker, insult and picket one another, the corrupt, defective system (and it’s leaders) continues virtually unchallenged.
What good is a clever theory if it never becomes anything else. An idea can change the world, but not if all anyone ever does is talk about it. Even when you are yelling your ideas at the top of your lungs at someone who just won’t agree, then your idea is loud, not effective.
Republican, Democrat, Christian, Muslim, we all bleed the same blood and breathe the same air. Somehow, I think we can find some common ground long enough to remove the oppressive tyrants, social constructs, economic systems that breed disorder and division and chain us all regardless of race, religion, gender or political affiliation.
I think a united world could propel us into the future I know we all want, and once we have won our freedom, we will have found ourselves more understanding of ‘the other side’. Armed with priceless perspective, we will be better equipped to build a world where everybody’s voice matters, where the problems we were forced to confront never interrupt the potential or progress of the society we send our children into.

Unity will set us all free.

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