MRMacrum (Lost in the Bozone) posted about the violence in American society today.
I have witnessed a cultural change over the last sixty years that has brought us to the dysfunctional chaos that is twenty-first century America.
I was raised in the south during the 1950 by my grandmother. I owned and hunted with a shotgun and a 22 rifle throughout my teen years. Every boy in my school owned guns and every man I knew owned guns and hunted. But, in that era the idea of shooting up a school, or public venue, or mass killing wasn't even imaginable. When some violent crime occurred it was immediately denounced and people were horrified.
Today gun violence, shootings and even mass shootings are so commonplace that we talk of them for a few days and then move on. We are a more violent society today then we were sixty years ago. We are a different society, a people and with different value, and the ready availability of military type weapons has unleashed a dark place in our psyche.
I don't glorify 'the old days' for there were many social injustices and the world as a whole was still fucked up; but we didn't live in fear of our neighbors.
Back then I thought the human race would become smarter into the future; but that doesn't seem to fit the trend.