I agree we need to elevate the value of human life. I think the first step to that is going back to having winners and losers in elementary school playground games and sports. I know its not directly related, but i think it is the grain of sand that starts the pearl.<quoted text>I agree and you're right -- that's another novel or two.
We first and foremost need to elevate the value of a human life and I have absolutely no idea how to do that. Each person has something they can contribute to our society, if they choose to do so.
Maybe more random acts of kindness, paying it forward, etc., would be a good place to start. It would help if the media would report more of the good things people do on a daily basis and not make it seem as though it is unusual for someone to be nice. Don't sensationalize it, either -- just a basic report about the good things people do and back off some on the bad things.
We're all guilty of watching and wanting to see all the carnage -- like watching a train wreck, we just can't NOT watch. So that adds to the ratings and the news programs take off from there.
Maybe we can start with "we're mad as hell and we're not going to take it any more" with the sensationalism and see what happens. But that would mean we, as a people, would have to stop watching the things our very nature tells us we want to see.
Like I said, no easy answers.
I coached Tee ball and Coach's Pitch for two years as an assistant. Nobody kept score. At the end of every game, the first thing the kids asked was "who won?". Every team, regardless of performance, effort, or lack there of, was told that they won.
I stopped coaching because I didn't want to be a part of teaching kids that regardless of If you practice or not, if you try hard or not, if you have a bad day or not, you still win. That's just not reality. People fail. If they try harder and work at it, they can succeed. I think the everybody wins method sets children up for failure, with no idea how to do anything about it, because they've never had to before. It also sets them up to fall into the " government will do everything for me and look out for my best interest" mentality.
The random acts of kindness, I agree, but it needs to be a true representation of what's out there. First, people being taxed to death are not as likely to feel or be charitable. Secondly, representative sample needs to be highlighted. What I mean by that is this: there is a special feature on the news in Baton Rouge Louisiana called "Hand It On". People are nominated to receive $300 to use as they wish due to their random acts of kindness. To watch that feature, one would think minorities are the only ones who display random acts of kindness. Apparently, all white people are Scrooges. My point is, even profiling random acts of kindness has an agenda by the media.
As for the fascination with carnage, I'm extremely close to disconnecting television all together.