January 10, 2011
I don't know whether I'm simply more observant of what's going on in society or there has been a dramatic increase of incidents or the news has been reporting these occurances more often, but it seems society is becoming more and more violent and unconcerned with human lives and suffering.
For the past few days, I've watched the news of the mass shooting in Tucson, Arizona, which senselessly too the lives of so many people, including a federal judge and a child, not to mention six others. In addition to critically wounding more than a dozen other people, this person shot Congresswoman Gabriel Gifford from point blank range in the head.
It seems to me that people today no longer cherish life. My fellow man can take away the life of innocent people of any age, sex, race or religion without hesitation. Children, adults and elderly alike have lost their empathy and seem to no longer care.
At times I fear that society will be worse than some of the prisoners I'm locked up with. I've known many convicted murderers and other men who have committed horrible crimes. Many of them truly regret what they've done and would take it back if they could. The part that scares me most is that many of these guys were high or drunk. It seems today's killers are straight and/or suffering mental illnesses.
Am I the only one who is concerned and saddened by this?
My heart goes out to everybody suffering.
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