Warning: Long rant
I’m not sure why this is such a hard realization to conceptualize, but today’s society and education system with our “zero tolerance” for violence policies have turned our young people into bunch of passive-aggressive, “offended” self-righteous, self-centered maybe even cowardly couple of shithead generations ever. Everyone is SO “victimized”. Let me explain:
There are varying degrees of wrong…period. Someone who accidently kills another in a motor vehicle accident will not face the same consequences as someone who commits 1st degree pre-meditated murder. Anyone ever wonder why we didn’t hear about all these school shootings in the 60’s 70’s or 80’s? It’s pretty easy to explain, and I’ll do it with only two words; “these fists”.
During the three decades above kids would fight. They would throw those hands and fight. In any given confrontation there is always an instigator – that is always someone who is “more wrong” than the other. Back then the instigator or person who started a fight would face a higher penalty then the kid who was defending himself. There are still bullies who don’t care about the consequences of any zero tolerance policies. I can’t be the only person who sees the rise in school shootings with the incorporation of “zero tolerance” policies with the last couple of “everyone gets a trophy” generations.
I’m not making excuses for cowardly murderers…period. But can’t people see that our system is creating a bunch of keyboard passive-aggressive cowards who bully through social media platforms as well…so much so in fact that they are also lacking in inter-personal communication skills to actually look a person in the eye and address their problems at school? So when they finally decide to face people they snap.What does this zero tolerance mean? It means anyone and everyone involved in a fight gets suspended, or expelled from school…no questions asked. So basically when little Johnny gets his hand punched by someone’s face he can rest assured in knowing he isn’t the only one facing consequences. This easily creates a “dammed if I do and dammed if I don’t” mentality for the victim – in a society breeding victims! When facing adversity we can either be challenged, or threatened. Over victimization creates threatened people…and feeling threatened (or victimized) can and usually does lead to more extreme acts of violence. Feeling challenged on the other hand usually leads to facing the challenge and overcoming it. Ask anyone who has ever competed in any kind of combat sport if they felt challenged or threatened by their opponent and I can guarantee almost if not all would answer that question with challenged. Ask anyone who has ever been in a combat zone or even shot at if they felt challenged or threatened and they will most likely admit they felt threatened. Which mentality do you think leads to a higher state of violence?
victimized cowards. Take a look at how the war on drugs, obesity, and other “war on things” are going. I’m not sure exactly how to solve this problem but taking a look at school policies might be a good starting point. We will never get rid of drugs or cheese burgers – and we will never get rid of violence.
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