snippered (is that a word, but I like the sound of it, I don't know if it
comes in another colour, nor what colour it is now)
Post by firstname.lastname@example.org
Have you ever wondered about the increased incidence of various
"rages"? People are losing control, suddenly and violently in all
manner of situations.
Yes (lol, I will write more at the bottom)
Post by email@example.com
Road rage was the first commonly noticed and discussed. Since then,
the "rage" label has been applied to many other occupations or
pastimes. The rise in various "rage" incidences coincides, perhaps no
more than coincidentally, with the rise in usegroup use and violent
first person video games.
I don't believe that any of this *is* coincidence. I think that it is
the result of blurring of the borders between virtual and real life
and that as more people experience usenet the ability for them to
respond appropriately in society will diminish.
Add to that scenario the loss of respect for Government, family, and
traditional authority figures and you have modern society and the path
it is on.
You have actually hit a ball right up my alley Sean... lol... I could call
it, "the reasons I'm so fucked up" or I could call it "the reasons society
is so fucked up" or, "why I have looked for answers" or all and more.
If we look at history we see that the population of any country will be
oppressed for only so long before the people revolt. Look at the French
Revolution, the Russian overthrow of the Czar, the various Independence
battles in America against Britain.
If we look at the school teenage murder suicide instances, we see that
likewise, the people were victims of bullies, who finally had enough.
Unfortunately, like the baby that screams because it is hungry or has messed
it's pants and is no longer warm, not having knowledge of other ways of
dealing with it, have lashed out. And in ignorance, none of us know any
other ways, as a society, and so it goes on. The blurring of reality and
simulation allows them to practice and build confidence with fire arms
tactics etc... The fact that the fire arms are easily available also adds to
it... If it came down to beating up their bullies with their bare hands,
they might not even try to do it. The fact that a gun is a "easy" way to
harm another adds up with the "virtual practice" they have been building
the "perceived" skills they think they have.
Another factor to consider is the world of stresses we have these days.
There is more traffic on the road than ever before. The pace of modern
living with modern technology means that we are doing more in a day than
others did in a week many decades ago. Any obstacles that get in our way
which is beyond our control, tends to be the things that grate on us,
especially after we have come out of the virtual world, where we have so
On the roads, there are the deadlines that need to be met, and
everyone needing to be somewhere sooner or later. There's free time being
wasted, there's someone else chewing you out because you are not perfect,
they are so stressed they need to dump it out of them and your handy and
part of the trigger (straws and camels). Its no longer happening to just
a few its happening to so many that they all might murder each other in a
reaction in the elevator with their bare hands. (nobody fart pls)
And so it goes on and on, like a juggler getting faster and faster, until
finally a distraction results in a fist flying out of the arc of catching
the balls. And it happens at such great speed, bursting forth so quickly,
because we are operating so fast within us in this fast paced world, that
what would be a consideration at low speed becomes an instinctive
reaction. Speed Kills is more true than many think.
Note country people live longer and go a slower pace. They also
tend to be more trusting and sincere. And often are prey for the
city slickers which have not conscience looking for easy pickings.
Then we have the fact that people want to be ignorant rather than
responsible for their actions. That they want to say something was
coincidence instead of saying that it was because, at least in part, of our
influence. We are all accountable for our what we sow to the world.
We have abused children growing up to be abusers, and we attack
them en masse with the fear of the mob. We have people being brought up
with role models as criminals, and being put in jails, because we allow them
in the name of freedom, and with all ignorance to be brought up in these
situations. We are killing criminals, because we failed to look after them
when they were innocent children, and loving the thrill of seeing the bad
guy get it, helping us take our minds of our own troubles. Delighting when
another fails or seems less than perfect, for in doing so it makes us look a
little better. Hiding from others the inner most secrets of our own
failings. Covering up our mistakes because we are ridiculed instead of
being encouraged and directed to better heights of our potential.
Seems too many are trying to be perfect. That life is harder than it used
to be in many "intellectual" and "fairness" ways, because people know more
en masse these days, where as people were called geniuses for knowing less
not so many decades ago. For the rules about "seeming to be beyond
reproach" means that your brother cannot run the FBI because you are
president. But apparently it doesn't stop your son from becoming governor.
<grin> (psst... no beating the bushes)
Today what is called a bribe, was once before seen as a gift to find favour,
which is not that different from the American "tip" to a waiter etc who
you will be coming back. And in time what was once good will and a choice
from good fortune, became expected with the "spit in your food" if you don't
be nice to me.
And someone said it so well may years ago..."treat others as you want to be
treated." Note it is done first as an example and then they know what is
going on, and what is expected of them... But if you start out insulting
someone and they turn around and point out your flaws, is it your fault?
Meanwhile the bullied victim gets a variety of battles against them, and
they either crack or they don't. They may go on to be 40 before they start
becoming more assertive and then aggressive... there seems to be much more
that the down trodden need to learn before they lash out in a bad way some
time after the "seeds" for this have been planted and "watered" and then it
might be as the straw that breaks the camels back, the one word that
triggers it all off. If they don't reach critical mass, they don't lash
hold it in and get cancers in proportions like never before in history.
And yet it is all a mystery full of coincidences, and you are only crying
victim if you don't handle it and die of cancer like everyone else. So lets
blame someone else and vent on them, or vote someone else out, or kill
another convict to make us feel a little better and in control of this great
mystery of coincidence. Where we just don't want to see the truth, because
we can't handle the truth of personal responsibility for every thought we
have, and every word we say, and every action we do.
After all why would we want to change things when nobody understands
their own personal responsibility as part of the whole?
Though one day, the things which were seen as acceptable behaviour will
be considered against human rights... oh thetas happening already.
The things we consider to be our freedom of speech, will one day be
stopped as a crime against humanity, and in some cases it is.
Am I my brothers keeper? Yes I am part of the whole. We are all part
of the whole. What we do effects another for good or for bad.
I say this as a general to the whole, which is every person that is...
So next time you feel like tearing someone down simply because you
can consider that if the tables were reversed would you like? And if
you would like it, perhaps, just perhaps, you need help!
So what was the question? ;-)
[BTW, I hope no one expects these to be as rewritten as a
submission for print to an editor, surely once over is enough]
What you sew is what you wear :-p
Peace & Goodwill
Treat Others with Respect and be Respected