My Two Cents
Now, before I step on my soap box let me be clear about one thing. There is nothing about the horrific tragedy that occurred at Sandy Hook Elementary that I’m not saddened, horrified, and outraged over. NOTHING. I spend the better part of that day and the next crying, all the while realizing that my tears were futile. They would change nothing and certainly not provide any comfort to those who were truly in pain. But I cried nonetheless. I cried for the loss of innocent lives, I cried for the parents who now suffer with the loss of their child, I cried for the families of the adult victims, I cried for our Nation and I cried for all of humanity. And the whole time I recognized that my shedding of tears was the same as Nero’s fiddle playing. Rome is still burning. I am *not* looking to make any excuses or justifications for those murders, because no matter what anyone else says, to me, there are none. Period.
**Clearing my throat and stepping on my box**
What happened in Connecticut did not happen because “God let it happen”, nor did it happen because as a Nation we have ‘kicked God out of our schools’. I would seriously doubt that the parents who lost children last Friday, even those who are religious, would be comforted by the idea that we can blame what happened either on God or on the entire Nation for not being Godly enough. But, maybe that’s just me.
Let me point out a few things – to bring perspective. Granted, it’s my perspective, but what the hell did you expect – it’s my freakin’ blog.
Are these modern times dangerous? Yes, certainly. They even seem dangerous in ways that we may believe they once were not. The rise of pedophilia, kidnapping, sex slaves, drugs, weapons, bullying, well a real loss of our humanness seem to be on the rise. Mental illness, unstable homes, abuse seem to be the normal calling card of more families today than ever before. Was there never pedophilia, kidnapping, sex slaves, drugs, weapons, mental illness, unstable homes, or abuse in the past? Of course there were! To some degree it’s merely a matter of population growth. There’s more crime because there’s more people. Now, that only explains some of it. But in a way, I think the population growth combined with a more fast-paced, technology based society can also explain why we have a society struggling with more mental illness, drugs, weapons, etc. There are too many of us in too small a space. Life moves too quickly and there’s too large of a maze to navigate. We have too many options. Modern technology has freed us from the drudgery of physical survival and given us a lot more time to focus on ‘are we happy?’ Also, in my personal opinion, we’ve become a much more permissive society and not permissive in the way I would hope – you know like allowing everyone the same equal rights. The ‘standard of behavior’ in society has deteriorated. I’d give examples, but if you don’t agree with my statement, examples would be a moot point.
So, was life easier in the old days, especially in regards to raising children? Sure. You bet. In a lot of ways, things were easier. But, was there less fear? One cannot overlook all the ways things were harder and scarier than they are now either. Let’s turn to the turn of the 20th century and take a peek of what life was like for children.