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VIOLENCE: We’re building a community of sociopaths

Letter by Charles L. Wheeler, Lakewood on June 11, 2013 at 2:09 pm with No Comments »
June 11, 2013 2:09 pm

The current level of all violence is ridiculously high. The problem is not the plethora of instruments with which to commit violence, but the continued tragic eroding of family values.

Even think of taking another’s life without any pangs of conscience is abominable. Human life should carry more moral value to us than anything else on earth.

The root cause of this violence is in the deterioration of the importance of the value of human life. This matter of gifting self-esteem, instead of being required to earn it, is steadily building a community of sociopaths.

Without social conscience, we are a doomed society. The methods the sociopaths use to commit atrocities makes no difference to them. Prohibition is a classic case. “Take the booze away and all will be hunky-dory.” But the sociopaths used prohibition to build a mob society, and the havoc that resulted scared us into returning the booze, not curing the perceived need that we had to have it.

I am 84 years old with no hope of turning this around in my lifetime. Our society is raising children with severely damaged futures for lack of having dedicated parents and adults teaching them respect for human life.

Rebuild our society that holds human life as the greatest gift of our creator. Then we won’t fret about keeping matches out of the hands of arsonists.

Let’s put all this time, money and rhetoric aside, and start building social consciousness, not tearing it down. Please!

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