What is it with the world lately.

I literally haven't watched TV in five years, only to hook up a large flat screen freebie last week. In the week that has passed, I feel like I want to get rid of it again.

Earlier in the week, I'm sure most have heard about the incident at the Lindt cafe in Sydney.

Then the next day there was the awful massacre in Peshawar involving more than 100 children.

And now today, only a few hundred meters from my home, 8 children have been murdered. I'm sure news will circulate soon if it already hasn't.

Just plain terrible.

I don't know about the one near you, but the other two are examples of what religion does to people.

Yeah, religion is great huh!

This local tragedy wouldn't have anything to do with religion, seems more likely a day gone wrong turned into a murder-suicide.

Such a shame, the kids around here all know each other (a huge amount of islander/indigenous families which are all close) . Most have probably lost a friend/family member.

I don't think you can blame the state of the world on a TV - the same news is available on the Web.

Think current society (in all its forms) puts too much pressure on most people, at least way more than nature intended. We were made to handle stress about food and shelter… not about their

Biologist and ethicologists have done lots of experiments with animals especially rodents under stress with similar/comparable outcomes as we see in society today. (No I do not want to discuss the ethics of these experiments, only the outcomes)

E.g. - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Behavioral_sink -

Rob wrote:

Think current society (in all its forms) puts too much pressure on most people

well, when you think on it a bit longer you realise that society, is only people, in all their forms, nothing else, just a collection of people of which each one of us is a small component.

Many people, and I should say in affluent societies, appear over extend themselves with their seemingly materialistic desires and wants with great pleasure, thereby unwittingly taking on this so called pressure. So, in reality, we mostly only put our own pressure to oneself, not society as such.

I notice we humans tend to very quickly put our weakness's to other things, 'them', 'religion', 'society', 'oh man, it was the dog I tell you', 'not me', rather that taking an intropective look inside our own selves and maybe saying, 'oh, yeah, I did it in a moment of delusion'. In other words, taking reponsibility for our actions.

We as a so call civilised and social species, have all too often pointed blamed of the many of the self created atrocities of man (man and women) to religions and other ideologies we hold close, possibly as a way to save ourselves from ourselves. That is not to say that religion in itself is the problem, I don't think it is, more that it comes back to the human and how the human interprets and acts within the context of their understanding and beliefs.

I'm sure the words 'moral values' comes into the scene here somewhere.

Take responibilty for our own actions, not in the name of some-thing, some-one or some-god.

In light of some of the recent and shocking world events, I can say, and have said to others only this week, that I am so lucky I live in an area where I do feel safe, where I can do mostly as I please, where I do have freedom of movement. I know I am so lucky, that I don't go hungry, I don't need to labour each hour of the day for a meager meal. In fact, it boarders on the ridiculously too easy.

I recognise this, and so often ponder on the thought of, 'I would like to contribute and give help to others who really do struggle, to make their existence a happier one on this little pale blue dot we call Earth'

pYro_65, you're only a few long throws of the boomerang from where I am, but I hear what you say.

Thoughts...


Paul

pYro_65:
I literally haven't watched TV in five years, only to hook up a large flat screen freebie last week. In the week that has passed, I feel like I want to get rid of it again.

Luckily, it sounds like you might have turned it off before coming across Reality TV.

But even worse, the Internet is turning into TV.

Have you ever played Monopoly or Musical Chairs?