who were raised having to kill animals – sometimes with their bare hands?” Is how my 19 year old son responded to my statement that kids these days are ruled by violence because of the lack of boundaries growing up and the de-sensitivity to violence in all they see on television and the realistic, no consequence, just for fun, video games that they play.
We were driving to the train station this morning talking about the unspeakable tragedy that occurred at NIU in DeKalb yesterday.
Northern Illinois University is just 20 minutes down the road from us and many of my son’s friends attend there. So far no one that he knows was involved – directly.
My next question to him was “Why do YOU think it is so prevalent these days?”
“Because we are frustrated and feel powerless in the ability to change anything..." he responded.
“Give me a break – every generation, mine, my parents, my grandparents – we all felt that way in our late teen’s, early twenties – but we didn’t go on shooting rampages.”
“But it is different now.” he claims.
Yes, it is different now but I am not sure of exactly why.
The only thing at this point that I am sure of - is that yesterday a lone gunman performed the cowardly act of not only ending his own life…but ending the lives of many, young, beautiful adults, who were in the midst of trying to better themselves;
and to compound the tragedy and pay it forward –
he also ended the lives, as they had known them to be, of countless extended families – who now suffer for the rest of their lifetimes with "Knows-No-Boundaries" grief.