Are We Self-destructing?

@worldwise1 (14887)
United States
December 27, 2007 1:19am CST
I know this is supposed to be the season of joy and happiness and all the good things, but I swear I am suffering from an overload of horrific events that have taken place in the past couple of days. The bad things didn't stop happening just because it was Christmas. I nearly cried at a story on my local news about a 25-year-old mother having been gunned down right in front of her children-on Christmas Day! We know what kind of memories they will have to associate with the Season of Joy for the rest of their little lives. Why do people have to be so mean to each other? Why can't they just learn to walk away from an unpleasant situation?
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@balasri (26553)
• India
28 Dec 07
I got struck with your discussion as I come across it.Because it is exactly the way I feel at things around us.As I came back from one of my holiday outings with my wife and kid I saw the brutal killing of the lady Benazir.All the happiness and enthusiasm drained from me and I was just sitting there wondering what is happening to this world.I haven't come across so much of mayhem during my child hood.These days you are unable to let your kids see the newspapers for the gory photos getting flashed every day. Well, But you cannot get used to this kind of lunacy.You will be pained as ling as you live as a good human being.
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@worldwise1 (14887)
• United States
28 Dec 07
You stated it very well, balasri, and there is little we can do short of turning off the news. I even considered doing just that, but, we also owe it to ourselves to stay informed about what is happening in the world around us, so that won't work either. I am doing an awful lot of praying these days.
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@balasri (26553)
• India
29 Dec 07
Let me join your prayers friend.And thanks a lot for the BR.I am glad that my first response to you got this BR.Please call me Bala.And how can I address you please?
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@worldwise1 (14887)
• United States
3 Jan 08
My name is Kercelia, Bala, and I am happy to meet you and have your input on the many topics we discuss here on MyLot.
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@munhozmib (3853)
• Sao Paulo, Brazil
29 Dec 07
Hello. Yes, we are self-destructing. Even though you say: "I do not cut trees, nor burn things!", many still use cars unfiltered. Every human is helping destructing the World. People are killing, and it's because they are allowed to. Not directly, but try to understand: We give people a loaded weapon, and say: "Do not use". Then, why the weapon? Of course it will be used. If you have it, then you'll end up using it, no matter the reason. Perhaps the World would have no crimes at all if there were 5 policeman for every street that exists. Can you imagine that? Respectfully.
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@worldwise1 (14887)
• United States
3 Jan 08
I think that we would still have crime without the powerful weapons, munhozmib, only not such horrific ones. I cannot understand why mankind is so destructive and inhumane toward one another. People are too busy practicing violence to pursue the really important things like love and happiness.
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@munhozmib (3853)
• Sao Paulo, Brazil
5 Jan 08
Yes, you may be right. But I still believe that every crime has a reason. We should take a closer look at every and each crime. Except those in which people are drunk. Perhaps, many of the crimes commited are because the person doesn't feel love. Of course, it still does not justify the crimes.
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@MsTickle (24994)
• Australia
3 Jan 08
There is a story here that is big news at the moment worldwise. It's about a father who was recently released from hospital where he has been undergoing psychiatric care. Upon his release he was given custody of his 4 children. A week ago he rented a holiday home on an island off the coast of Queensland. It's a residential island and one of the suburbs of Brisbane. On New Years Day, 2 of the children went to see neighbours across the road saying they couldn't find their Dad. They were distressed. The neighbours went to the house and found the 10 year old daughter, in her bed with her hands and feet bound and her head shaved. She had been raped and strangled by her father. The father had shot through with the other son but he is back in custody. Apparently he was constantly yelling abuse and screaming profanities at his kids from the time he arrived. These poor little souls, they will never get over this traumatic event. Worldwise, even here at myLot we see people against people. Some folk are so nasty and critical of others, some constantly put labels on others and never a kind word appears on the screen. Others suck up sweetly to some and run down others. Where is the compassion, kindness and tolerance? Where is the goodness and charity of people? What is happening to the people of the world? We are the only ones who can save each other.
@worldwise1 (14887)
• United States
3 Jan 08
That is such a sad story, Ms Tickle, but par for the course these days. These incidents are happening more and more. It is enough to tear your heart out to think of the horrors some of the children are experiencing. I know that it wouldn't bring them back, but I wish that every sicko convicted of murdering a child would have to pay with their life. Yes, some people are nasty, and some are truly evil. I think that is the reason I stay to myself so much these days, because it is so hard to have faith in humanity anymore.
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@MsTickle (24994)
• Australia
9 Jan 08
I keep to myself for this reason too worldwise. At least we know that we have each other to turn to if times trouble us. Know that I'll be here for you if needs be and I know you will listen to me if ever I need you to. I'm glad you posted this discussion even tho' the truths it contains are sad, that there are a handful of people here who think as we do is heartening. Brightest blessings.
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• India
27 Dec 07
Well, its good that it were only the last couple of days for you, for me this year did not turn out to be too good if I look back at the things that happened. However, I have learnt from my mistake & decided to change myself a bit. I spent the last few days with my best friend roaming around some hill station & we discussed our life in general and also the things going on around us. We laughed at our mistakes, but have vowed to change ourselves a bit. I certainly feel that mean-ness is growing & unless we learn to good to others we will keep seeing the wrong things happen around us & to us as well.. anytime!! However, its different story for me & my best friend, we have vowed to be careful in choosing our acquaintances & trusting people and not to be too good to all and sundry.
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@worldwise1 (14887)
• United States
27 Dec 07
There is an old saying, Lalitshukla, that you don't have to go looking for trouble for it to find you. I think that a lot of that is happening today. You want to be nice and kind to everyone, but you never know when it is going to turn around and bite you in the butt.
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• United States
27 Dec 07
I think that is great that you see that you made some mistakes this year, Lalitshukla, and are making a point to change them. So many people just don't do that and wonder why life just continues the way it's been. This year has not been wonderful for me, either. A lot of the problem was bad circumstances, but I do have to realize that I put myself in the position for these things to happen. I am looking forward, in 2008, to trusting in myself and my own instinct a lot more. I need to learn to say no because I've come to the realization that I am the only one truely looking out for me. It sounds like we have very similar thoughts and realizations. I wish you luck!
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@cblackink (969)
• United States
3 Jan 08
I'm not certain. I know that this time of year creates a great deal of stress for a lot of people, and maybe it just comes to a head. I don't know if things are really much worse than they were before or now, because of so much information technology, we just hear about it more. Maybe a lot of things like this were happening all along, we just didn't know about it.
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@worldwise1 (14887)
• United States
3 Jan 08
Sorry, cblackink, but I have not seen or heard of crime in the proportions that it is now ever before. People are becoming colder and more unfeeling all the time. Sure, there has always been awful crimes committed, but it is much more rampant these days.
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@naty1941 (2336)
• United States
27 Dec 07
Benazir Bhutto was murdered today. So bad things do happen all over the world and we feel sad because what happens in Pakistan will affect everyone one in the world one way or another.
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@Aurone (4758)
• United States
27 Dec 07
I wonder that myself sometimes. People can be so mean and so cruel. Families killing each other on Christmas just blow my mind. How can people be so hateful and cruel in this season of love and joy?
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@worldwise1 (14887)
• United States
28 Dec 07
I believe, Aurone, that it is due to man's base nature that desires to do evil rather than good. Although we might not understand it, some people have a real struggle when it comes to choosing to do the right and good thing.
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@wolfie34 (26792)
• United Kingdom
27 Dec 07
I think that is a very good question I quote 'Why can't they just learn to walk away' the same could be said for countries attacking others, but I don't want to get into a political debate, it's just that as humans we are supposed to be the intelligent race, yet we have so much to learn and so little forgiveness, I sometimes wonder if animals have far more intelligence and credit than we give them. Animals have instinct to kill but they kill to eat, to survive. Since when have humans killed other humans to eat hardly intelligence is it? Have we really been reduced to killing machines in this fashion, sorry for the rant but there must have been a full moon last night my friend. This kind of story sickens me, but when you hear so many do you become immune or numb to them or do they keep affecting you, do you have to harden up so you yourself don't sink into a flood of depression because the world around you is going mad
@blueunicorn (2409)
• United States
27 Dec 07
I do think we are self-destructing. There is no thinking about what is good for society anymore, just what is good for "me". People don't watch out after their neighbors, families are broken up and go their seperate ways, and everything we see on TV, the movies, music, etc. is all about cheating, lying, or stealing. I don't know what we can do to change that. At least I don't know how to affect change on a large scale. I do try to make a difference in my own little world. I insist that my children are kind to themselves, each other, and the people around them. I teach them basic morals and to think for themselves about right and wrong. And, I volunteer some of my time each month. Again, I may not be changing the world, but I do my best to change my little peice of it. As far as people not learning to walk away in an unpleasant situation... people think that they are owed something now days. They are owed respect, and they are going to take it at all costs. What they don't understand is that is not respect at all.
@worldwise1 (14887)
• United States
27 Dec 07
I applaud you, blueunicorn, for doing your part to try and make this world a better place. If only everyone would take a page from your book. Yes, I see the evidence in my own family as well as elsewhere, people have lost love for one another. I refuse to give up on society because I think there is going to be a really big shake-up in the near future that will make everyone sit up and take notice.
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@theprogamer (10539)
• United States
5 Jan 08
We aren't just currently self-destructing... we have BEEN self destructing, for almost two decades now. Up is down, left is right, people want rights but no responsibilities, people don't care about each other, no one thinks of the future...etc. Definitely self destructing and I've pointed some of it out. Its the criminals and the leadership(large lack thereof) that is responsible for a lot of the garbage we've dealt with and we are dealing with. And things will only get MUCH worse from here by the look of it. That's my view on it.
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