How could someone look another human being in the face and pull the trigger? What do they see instead of a living, breathing, fellow human being, sister or brother looking back at them with terror in their eyes? Obviously the shooter in New Town had a medical condition that limited his ability to relate to others but that might have been different if even he had been in an environment where he interacted with others to his best ability? It has been reported that he had barely been seen since his high school graduation. What has he been doing all this time except going to the shooting range with his mother? Has maybe been sitting in isolation playing violent video games without much contact with even his own mother?. Is that what he has been doing the last two years? It is obvious from what I have read; his mother wanted what was best for him but did she by sheltering him, turn him into the monster he became.These are questions we need answered.
This is really not about this shooting; although it could be about future shootings. I want to talk about two things; one is already being addressed in the media, that of the possible dangers of susceptible young people playing today’s most violent video games to excess. After hours and hours of playing them some people my have a problem distinguishing between the game and reality. What happens then if he has access to a real firearm? Granted this may only happen in a very small percentage of players; those with some kind of mental or emotional problem but even if this was true in only one out of one hundred thousand players, it’s potentially a lot of killings.
I don’t want to restrict what games an adult can play. I would doubt that very few adults; who only started playing these most violent games as adults, would lose touch with reality while playing them either. The majority of adults have work or other responsibilities that would preclude them playing for hours and hours as well. The problem is the people who for one reason or another; don’t fit in, are socially inept, made fun of or bullied. For them the games become their reality, where they feel most comfortable. That’s where they can feel the most powerful; maybe the only place. We as adults must be aware of what our young people are doing and use some judgement as to what we allow them to do. I don’t believe that any of these games played for short periods would likely cause the player to harm another human being but even then I don’t think it is a good influence on them either. How does the repeated killing of others; even in a game, affect our ability to love and have compassion for our fellow human beings?
The other thing I want to talk about is the use of electronics to isolate ourselves; especially by the younger generation. I know I am older but I do text, use email, I am on Facebook and Twitter and I even have this blog, so I am not totally out of it. I have seen a photo of several people sitting around a table, all texting. Now I will admit that this is funny when it is used as a joke. It does seem though that some people prefer to text rather than actually talk to anyone on the phone and possibly face to face as well. When we can’t see who we are communicating with or hear what they are saying how do we even know there is even another human there. Back when we used letters to communicate we could get some feel of the person by the words they chose and the punctuation they used. Now some of us use a shorthand of sorts that I would be unable to read. I fear that a day will come when some of us will feel no more when texting another human than if they were talking to their computer. If we don’t get to look them in their eyes and get to hear the inflection in their voice; where is the humanity.
Where there is no humanity, how can we love our fellow-man, we no longer see him. We must remain connected or someday we may be able to look someone in the face and pull the trigger, for they are not us.
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