I’m Afraid Society Isn’t Ready for Some Common Ground



Sometimes just looking at the word society is insane. Thinking about all the injustices and all of the dysfunctional behaviors. The good thing is. It appears that the youth are behaving better than the adults. Hooray! If we think society is in a fix try cyber space. Oh my gosh. Did they just throw all the loonies in cyber space or what? Yes, they’re on social media, let’s just say that Facebook seems pretty calm.

What can we do

We can and should pray. That’s about it. We certainly can’t change how others think and we can’t be held accountable for their actions. “To Each His or Her Own.” Absolutely. Perhaps “rebuilding” our circle. Being more cautious when connecting. We may not be able to change the dysfunctions in society but we can control how we think and what doesn’t deserve our attention. No attention for the rude, insulting, disrespectful. Just going about our way and helping the kind and compassionate ones.

If they’re being called on stage, their names being called, and they’re receiving lots of gigs they’re probably the kind and compassionate bunch. Who needs to bother with the ones who dish out stress? Why add more stress in our lives? The make up of society these days has created more introverts. Makes my stomach churn.

Adult bullying and childish behavior. Some unnecessary stuff. Oh, oh, oh. Individuals controlling others from cyber space. Absolutely insane. What? That’s just how dysfunctional society is. Just a bunch of mess piled together. Let’s not talk about the racism which further disconnects two set groups of people. African Americans over there and White Americans over here. Sounds like the 60’s. Well, whoever said that racism was over, if they did then they lied? It’s difficult to keep cool when there’s a whole bunch of insults, racist remarks, and attacks coming at a person but prayer certainly helps.

Imagine how Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. would deal with some of these people. “We Shall Overcome.” The thoughts are, when, but when? All the marches and rallies and we’re still in a pickle. That’s ┬áright. Still fighting the old good fight. Not to mention same race racism and discrimination. With all the injustices. It’s hard to believe that there’s any existing functional people.

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Stand up for the People

We all know that Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was a man that stood for equality. He believed that everyone deserved to be treated fairly. Where are those beliefs today? Do we just turn away from those things that could help us grow and prosper? Leadership seems to be tossed out while everything goes hay wire.

People all across the world are becoming victims of injustice and bullying. Whether it’s authority figures or citizens but lives are being affected by the tormenting related to bullying. Shouldn’t everyone be considered to have worth? Why are some treated unfairly and others treated with respect? Lots of questions that no one wants to answer. The sad part is no one wants to deal with the issues that plague our society. Sweeping those issues under the rug won’t make them go away. We had to deal with inequality, civil rights violations, and threats amongst a group of people. Today those issues exist but things have deepened.

People are becoming too fearful to speak out about important issues. Youth violence, black on black crime, and injustices within the justice system. We can yell, “Take a Stand” but until the fear is removed. There will be silence. Not only people are afraid to speak out but some may not be concerned about many of the issues that create a more dysfunctional society. The concern doesn’t hit home until it hits home. Too many lives are being affected by not dealing with issues before they become gigantic. We can nip some of the issues in the bud before hand and other issues will take a little more work.

We need church leaders to be more active within the communities. There certainly needs to be more leadership. The police are continuously asking for assistance with matters that plague our communities. We can’t just think that those issues will just go away.

We’re in a time where youth are no longer respecting one another or respecting anyone who disagrees with them. Youth violence is at a all time high. Shootings occur everday and a young life is taken due to ignorance. The youth seem to be enraged but enraged about what? That’s what we need to find out. We can overcome a lot of these issues if we stop pretending that they don’t exist.

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What can we do to Stop Youth Violence

We’re losing our youth to gun violence but why? What’s causing them to have a lack of compassion and be so filled with rage? Some may think that it starts in the home or it comes from violent rap music. Can we really blame youth behaviors on rap music? There’s something that’s going on deep inside of their minds and no one is trying to find out what that is. For some it may have to do with being poverty stricken. That can cause them to feel angry and desperate but there’s more to it.

An article on Corrections.com suggests that youth violence could be a result of lack of family structure. Well, that could be part of it, but that isn’t the whole story. People seem to turn to lack of parenting as being the number one cause for youth’s downfall. Lack of parenting and dysfunctional environments could have something to do with their rage but that isn’t the entire reason why youth are violent. If they feel disconnected in some way or feel fatherless then they will become angry. Youth love attention just like anyone else. if we’re focused on other things then they will turn to bad influences.

A lot of youth turn to gangs in order to feel some sort of acceptance. If we can’t reach them then the gangs will and not in a good way. We must supply them with avenues that will detour them away from anger and violence. We must find out what they’re compassionate about and try to connect them with those passions. If we don’t find some sort of solution then we’re not only losing our youth but they’re gearing their violence toward the older generation as well. Yes, parenting has something to do with the dysfunctional behaviors within society, but parents shouldn’t take all the blame.

We need our community leaders joining forces and helping their communities come up with some solutions to the gun violence epidemic. If we don’t do something soon. We will find ourselves engulfed with violent and aggressive behavior. Something has to be done. Law Enforcement are continuing to scratch their heads. Law Enforcement, Educators, Parents and Community Leaders need to join forces and try to tackle this someway and somehow. Each day there’s reports about youth losing their lives. Senseless violence. Enraged violence.

Some youth may be hard to reach because they’re so far gone but “where there’s a will there’s a way.” Prevention is better then being reformed. In fact those who end up in the juvenile system or in prison seem to be more inclined to return. If we don’t head it off then we will be seeing a very bleak future. If they feel that violence is the answer then we need to know why they feel that way. Our communities will continue to suffer if we don’t find some solutions to youth violence.

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