[su_dropcap style=”flat”]O[/su_dropcap]NE HAS TO WONDER, based on recent events, if humanity isn’t failing to be human. Presumably being “human” includes a certain amount of understanding, compassion, thoughtful consideration, and well, acting in a “humane fashion”.
Granted wars have been fought since the beginning of recorded time, and probably long before. Islamic sects have been butchering each other for thousands of years as have Muslims and Hebrews. Christians perused a convert or die policy for hundreds of years. Of course there have always been those small radical groups like the KKK and others that took vengeance on a particular segment of the society.
But, in today’s turbulent times it seems that there has been a huge increase in the number of “humans” that act and react violently for no real cause. Shooting up schools, churches, fellow employees, family groups, and even total strangers has become a weekly event. Now we even see violence among high school and college kids on spring break. Ranchers in Oregon recently took over control of public lands to protest an over reaching government. First responders, sworn to help people, are being gunned down in our streets.
Please don’t think that I am arguing for gun control. Anyone that believes criminals and those bent on violent acts will be deterred by gun control laws is naive. It is the people and their attitudes that is the problem, not guns, or butcher knives, or axes, or broom sticks.
Some will argue that these violent and aggressive acts have been going on all along, we are just more aware of them due to media coverage today. Perhaps that is a factor, though I don’t think we can dismiss it all on that basis. I grew up in a time and local where most kids had guns in the house, many had their own guns. No one ever took one to school, much less thought about shooting their siblings or parents.
So, I come back to the original premise. I think humanity is losing its humanity. Hate and even violence is becoming almost a norm. Why is that? What has changed to cause this sliding of humanity into a darker place?