Niagara Gazette


August 22, 2013

Mroziak: Our social sickness goes global


Niagara Gazette — It doesn’t even have to involve weapons. Just look at any given episode of the Jerry Springer Show, where the feuding guests not only end up trading shoves and swings but are encouraged to do so by a cheering audience and by a producer who sounds a boxing bell sound effect to get the on-set brawl moving.

Want to see how cheapened and comedic we’ve allowed graphic violence to become? Stay up past your bedtime one of these nights and take in some of the shows on Cartoon Network’s “Adult Swim” block during the overnight hours. Whether it’s done in clay, plastic action figures or cartoon animation, you’ll never see a more creative and diverse selection of ways human bodies are brutally dismantled. All for our entertainment.

For all of us who feel as if we’re civilized and above such violent culture, how many of you are salivating with the hope these Oklahoma suspects will get the death penalty if convicted? How many of you are posting on internet message boards the gruesome ways you’d like to see them punished?

Face it folks, we can’t get enough violence. We even justify it as a moral means to an end in some cases.

Where did it go wrong? When we took away the fear of justice, whether it was from a parent, an authority figure such as a teacher or legal guardian, or even from a divine higher being. 

The problem now is that the pendulum has swung so far in the opposite direction we, as everyday people, can’t really be that village that some argue is needed to raise our kids.

Think it’s easy to stop a badly behaving child these days? Try spanking a misbehaved kid in a supermarket. Good luck dealing with the social system that’s ready to deem you “abusive” when trying to discipline such a child, aided at the street level by some busybody standing by ready to tattle on you. Someone who is so full of what is right that they often fail to see what is true. 

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