Tuesday, June 03, 2014

entitlement-- the other kind.

How much are we, in the developed world, influenced by the culture around us? Not just our parents but our society? Does a culture of negativity lead to a people who use any excuse to turn to violence?

The latest insanity (to most of us) was two girls stabbing another girl 19 times because they had evidently come to believe some fantasy character, this time Slenderman, was real. Apparently whoever created this character also informed fans that the only way to be accepted into his group was to kill someone. Obviously that's insane but would someone who was mentally ill have gotten that idea back in the time when entertainment was monitored by censor police?

Do we have moral values that we can recognize as a culture or has our era gone into the time where what one person believes is moral, another thinks is not. For some only religion can give moral values. For others, only the nonreligious. I wonder if the disrespect of our President plays a role in disrespect of any authority.

The subject should be a big concern given the violence that seems to be what many people think of using first and for reasons that make no sense. Is this an unrealistic sense of entitlement which is fostered by entertainment but maybe leads to a sense of expectation that everyone deserves this or that-- rather than life isn't fair and you can work for whatever you want but not all will find it rewarded. That is life and it's reality.

Reading about the killer in Santa Barbara, a friend said the guy would talk about a lovely woman who ignored him. The friend, using what most of us would call logic, said well did you try to talk to her? The answer was no. He expected it all to come to him. Now what led to that expectation?

When I was a girl, if you had trouble with your parents, if you felt they were unfair to you, if you were angry or even hated them, you moved out. You didn't think you should kill them; and yet my little area of Oregon has had several murders where the kids did just that-- murdered parents, plotted the murder, and all to get something material. It wasn't even revenge or anger. It was purely misplaced  values.

I don't have an answer to this, but it concerns me more than gun regulations. I think we should have better regs on guns where someone who has certain things in their background cannot buy them; but the Santa Barbara killer had Asperger's which certainly is not a mental issue that would lead to any responsible culture banning the person from owning a gun (the videos he made should have been enough). Anytime I bring up my concern that mental health needs to be taken more seriously, both the left and right remain silent.

We could take away all guns and still have murders with a machete, knife, poison, violent beatings, or a bomb. What makes a neighbor suddenly go so ballistic with another neighbor that they kill them over a shrub on the property line? What leads to husbands or wives killing each other instead of divorcing and going on? 

I think some is an unrealistic sense of entitlement-- not the kind the right wing harps on which is food and help for the poor. No, this is the kind fostered by the attitude that everybody would be rich if only the government and Obama didn't get in their way. Or where the religious teach any prayer, with the right attitude, will be answered and that we can escape responsibility for actions through prayer. Or that kids believe just from watching movies where a dweeb gets the beautiful girl and he didn't have to do a thing to have her drop in his lap. 

And then kind of off topic but kind of on. The right has found a new excuse to impeach Obama. As if they needed more-- prisoner trade.  If the right takes the Senate, look for one of these issues to be enough to lead to a trial. And if it happens, look for them to ignore everything else going on. Sometimes I wonder if the left (the ones in leadership) aren't as eager to find some excuse to do it as the right. :( 

I think I need to watch The Candidate again tonight. If you haven't seen it, it's very funny and it is spot on for what's going on today. It is a little lot crude, but for a film that came out in 2010, it still up to date as it mocks our system, how politics works, our culture, and brings up a lot of what's gone wrong. I wish I had something positive to add here... I don't.

1 comment:

Annie said...

Entitlement does seem rampant in our culture. Excellent film choice as your antidote! Really funny and it definitely gets at some harsh truths.