Sometimes I feel like a modern day philosopher because I feel things so deeply in my spirit I am compelled to share a side of an issue that isn't normally covered in the media or discussed in normal life until a tragedy occurs like the massacre at the school in CT.
I always wonder if I'm the only one to feel this way, but also don't care because there comes a point when I can't do anything else, but share.
It affects me that deeply.
And when I do, then I find many others do feel the same way as I do. They were just waiting for someone else to speak out first.
Even though I am not raising my son and technically am not a mother in the tradional sense of the word, only a "birth mother" as those of us in the adoption world are called who have placed our children with other parents to raise, I still feel deeply about protecting children from ills in society.
I only wish more people in power did too.
Pornography, alcoholism, drug abuse, the way women are portrayed in the media have all been topics I've covered here in my blog in the past and now, with the horrific shooting in CT, I feel compelled to address the growing glorification of violence in society, especially as Quentin Tarantino prepares to launch his latest killing spree film, Django, wherein Jamie Foxx, whom I normally love and will watch in anything he does, went on SNL to brag about killing white people.
Yes, maybe Jamie was trying to be satirical, but at a certain point, that commentary ceases to be funny. It crossed a line.
He needs to apologize and SNL too.
And now, even more so when innocent children are gunned down so horrifically after what happened in CT.
When will this glorification and mockery of the sanctity of life end in Hollywood? Why is there such a disconnect on cause and effect?
I posted a bunch of articles, books, and images yesterday on Facebook to process what has happened which helped me and many others. After sleeping on it, I feel a broader audience needs to hear this too which is why I'm sharing it here.
I know many people in Hollywood and in politics are going to be clamoring for more gun control now as they always do after something like this happens, but I hope you will read what else could be causing our society to implode upon itself with an open mind because many, many, many researchers concur that violence in TV, Film and video games is causing people to become more violent.
Aw, it's just a movie. A video game. A TV show. A music lyric.
How can Family Guy, American Family, Django, Inglorious Bastards, Grand Theft Auto III, or Postal 2 or any number of violent media or even violent music videos have this much affect on society you ask?
Thanks for asking. Well, let me tell you.
According to the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, "While the causes of youth violence are multifactorial and include such variables as poverty, family psychopathology, child abuse, exposure to domestic and community violence, substance abuse and other psychiatric disorders, the research literature is quite compelling that children's exposure to media violence plays an important role in the etiology of violent behavior."
You can read more in this quick 1 pager overview: The Impact of Media Violence on Children and Adolescents: Opportunities for Clinical Interventions
And who can forget this tragedy and what the killer had to say: "(CNN) -- Norway's alleged mass killer testified on Thursday that he played video games as a way to train for a shooting spree that killed 77 people last summer. In particular, Anders Behring Breivik said at his trial that he played "Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2" as a means of shooting practice, according to CNN's report."
Read more here: Norway mass-shooting trial reopens debate on violent video games
If you're interested in more information on the cause and effect of violence in the media, review Myths and Facts About Youth and Violent Media for an intensive, comprehensive review of this issue.
Not to harp on my sister's friend, Quientin, but did you read the review of the premiere of Django in the New York Times? It's especially chilling in light of what just happened:
"Ms. Thurman, of course, has done numerous movies for Mr. Tarantino including 'Pulp Fiction' and 'Kill Bill.' She can’t give an exact tally of how many people she’s killed on-screen for him. 'At least 88,' she said.
Nearly everyone in the house professed to love his latest offering. 'It was three hours of Tarantino perfection,' Cameron Diaz said, though she admitted to having some trouble watching some of the bloodier scenes.
'It was awesome' Patti Smith said. 'The guy kills 100 people and doesn’t even get wounded. I want to go see it again at midnight with a theater packed full of crazy kids screaming.'
Read more here: This Tarantino Premiere Killed
And this is why I feel it needs to stop. Hollywood has to stop glorifying murdering people. Did you ever stop to think about how Quentin Tarantino learned to make films? By watching videos non-stop in his video selling job in Manhattan Beach.
See the correlation? Or is it too obtuse for you?
I have nothing against the guy. I admire what he's accomplished and how he directs. However, I wonder if any Hollywood filmmaker who is making bucco bucks off this violent trend is even considering donating money to support the victims they help cause indirectly. I wonder how many even have a conscience when they see this happening more and more in our society? Are they that blinded to their influence?
And even the Oscars will be glorifying the Family Guy creator who is one of the worst racist, offensive offenders on TV. WHEN WILL THIS STOP? CHOOSE SOMEONE ELSE TO "ENTERTAIN" OUR CULTURE DURING THE OSCARS.
I am tired of the glorification of violence in society. I'm tired of the killing of innocent adults and children in real life.
If so, please consider reading this book, Stop Teaching Our Kids to Kill : A Call to Action Against TV, Movie and Video Game Violence which looks at the role the entertainment industry plays in socializing/training children for violent behavior.
Author, Lt. Col Dave Grossman is an expert in the field of "killology" and in his first book, On Killing: The Psychological Cost of Learning to Kill in War and Society also looked at the techniques the military uses to train soldiers to kill which offers compelling evidence THAT THE MEDIA EMPLOYS THE SAME TECHNIQUES, RESULTING IN DE-SENSITIZED KIDS.
It's evil people and their drugged out state too.
So, are we going to allow our American culture to become what it is over in Israel? Will we soon see teachers carrying guns to the classroom to protect themselves like this?
I hope not. This tragedy in CT didn't have to happen. My heart and prayers go out to the victims and their families.
It breaks my heart.
I cried yesterday over the loss of innocent lives which didn't have to happen. We don't live in a war torn country, yet it's beginning to feel like it.
But then I remember people like Mr. Rogers and his wise sayings:
"Sympathy cards and/or letters of support and solidarity can be sent directly to the school:
Sandy Hook Elementary School
12 Dickenson Drive
Sandy Hook, CT 06482"
I'm sure they would appreciate this.
But also, seriously consider what impact the media is having on your child, on your view of violence and what is within your power to change how our society looks at this issue.
Will you Hollywood professionals continue to create films, TV and video games that glorify violence?
Will you pharmaceutical drug companies, continue to push drugs on society that influence this behavior?
Will you gun sellers, continue to sell guns without considering the consequences?
Where does it end? When everyone is murdered and we live in a lawless society?
I find it ironic that the more we remove the good news of Christmas and Jesus coming to save us from our sins, the more we see this violence become prevalent.
You can't have it both ways.
You either see sin and evil and do something about it, or you allow it to take over. I prefer to see evil and attempt to stop it.
But that's just me. Or is it? Will you join me?
I was happy to see someone in Hollywood saw the need to make a change and switched out Family Guy episodes in light of what has happened:
So, in closing, wanted to share this beautiful image someone posted to encourage those who have lost loved ones yesterday or any time.
And here's another verse I love:
"Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid." John 14:27
God bless you. Think on these things. Will you do something to make a difference?
If so, I hope you do.
We are one nation, one community, one legacy.
Let's leave a loving one for our world and children.
“Yesterday is gone. Tomorrow has
not yet come. We have only today. Let us begin.”
― Mother Teresa