Wednesday, July 13, 2011

There Is Just Something Wrong...

Often when I read our paper or watch TV I hear about seemingly respectable people getting into silly brawls.  Why does it seem that our society is fighting more, stressed more and generally more unhappy? 

Perhaps we’ve forgotten what’s important.  Perhaps we no longer know how to work through things without getting hostile.  Perhaps we are taking too many cues from reality TV. 

Whatever the reason for all this anger, we need to recognize what it’s doing to our little ones.  Just think of the life lessons they are learning.  

What do you think is causing all this anger? 

16 comments:

  1. I heard Dr. Dobson once say it all started when we began putting privacy fences in our yards. Gone are the days of neighbors visiting and front porch sitting. We've all really done ourselves a dis-service.

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  2. Hard to say what the cause is, stress, over-scheduled lives, entitlement, selfishness, materialism, who knows! I definitely think the violence and exposure through TV, video games, etc doesn't help. The best thing we can do is be a walking example for the proper way to hold an arguement.

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  3. If indeed the world is getting angrier, then you know what they say about anger...that the root of it is fear. We are getting more afraid...maybe afraid of things we don't understand, things we (are conditioned to) want but cannot have, afraid of not measuring up to impossible and unimportant goals. And again as they say, the polar opposite of Fear is Love.

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  4. Hmm that's a good question. Maybe b/c now society is at a point where everyone thinks they are entitled to everything...not a lot of patience...and always wanting instant gratification.

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  5. Ugh. This is why I filter the news... I record it and fast foward to the weather, the delete. :)

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  6. According to Dr. Edwin Friedman, it is anxiety. America is a very anxious nation, due largely to rapid changes taking place in technology, communication, information overload, economics, etc. Anxious people act out against others in a number of unhealthy ways. He even avers that some of our wars are more about unrecognized anxiety than actual dire threat (I know people will disagree with that one - that is what he says). But people don't know what to do, how to process they anxiety and anger, so others take the brunt for it. Just read a couple of his books on this - very insightful. And so is your question. Good post.

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  7. I like all that I am reading and I think all are factors! My two cents: Less respect for our fellow man, less patience to listen without needing to speak and be heard, and just blatant lack of basic manners. lol.

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  8. I think we are a society of "entitlement" - we expect to get what we want, when we want. Unfortunately bad behavior has become profitable.

    It's sad.

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  9. true. not sure where it's all coming from but yea, reality TV probably isn't helping...

    That ballerina pic of KLV...PRECIOUS :) Seriously, needs to be framed in your house! Love it!!!

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  10. Yesterday on the 10 p.m. news they said a 71 woman was strangled when she was taking the garbage out. I was waiting to hear a motive, like the person ran into her house and robbed her or something. Nope. No motive. The guy strangled her just because. Thank God she's still alive. It seems like TV is obsessed with crime dramas and murder mysteries--CSI, The First 48 Hours...etc. etc. They used to intrigue me, but now I'm just tired of all the violence on TV 24/7. I agree with Warren's comment. I think we do live in a more anxious society and most of our hostility is fear based. I say...stop worrying about the future...live one day at a time, and wake up with gratitude. My husband's been learning a lot in AA, and I have to say their slogans are the best--"Let go and let God"..."Live one day at a time" etc. etc. I have to say that our lives personally have become a little lighter when we just concentrate on one day at a time (and when we cut out all the violent TV.) What a great post TV!

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  11. I'm not sure... but I don't like it.
    I am sad that my daughter won't have the same childhood that I had when it comes to safety. We used to be 5 and 6 and able to ride our bikes around the block without supervision... or go to the park down the street by ourselves. Not the case anymore. Can't even let your kids play in their own backyard without watching through a window or being out there with them practically the whole time. (At least that's how I've been feeling lately, anyways.)
    *sigh*

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  12. We don't really know if there is more anger in the world than usual or if we are just seeing more of it. Never before have we been invited into the homes and lives of so many with "reality TV" and so many different ways to access news around the world...

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  13. As a collective, our focus is shifting in the wrong direction and values are changing, for the worse, I believe. It doesn't have to continue down this road, but we've got to reteach several things. And it sounds like it starts with people like the great families here!

    Ps. I like your comment under your Superman graphic in the earlier post!

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  14. This one really is making me think! I feel so bad because I know sometimes I get too angry at my sons. I love the little dudes and don't want them to remember me yelling or getting too mad over the things they do. They're just little boys! The other day my youngest flattened a tomato on his shirt with his stomach just before we were going to get pictures taken. STuff like that makes me get too angry, when I realize he's just a little guy! So, anyway, thanks for the reminder to chill!

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  15. Probably pent up resentments and issues that were never dealt with.

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  16. Stress! Stress! Self centeredness (sp?)! And of course, more stress! I think that the media and all the reality shows are not helping with how people are reacting and handling things. There is way too much stress and people are not handling it well. I grew up in the town I live in and I feel stressed each morning when I have to drive across town and it takes me at least 35 minutes. The traffic and the not so great drivers and the road rage just makes it so annoying. When I was little there were not as many people or cars or road rage. The "role models" in society are not any help either. I hope you have a great weekend!

    Mama Hen

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