Let’s be honest….humans haven’t progressed much in the last 100,000 years! We are territorial, vain, self-righteous and like to fight with each other. Why can’t people from different religions, races, political parties, sexual orientations and other self-defined prejudices learn to get along with each other the way animals do (when they’re not eating each other, of course!)
ISIS wants to kill everyone who doesn’t follow their ideology. There’s so much turmoil going on in the Middle East, Jews and Arabs hate each other, tribes in Africa killing other tribes over cultural differences, not to mention an American dentist illegally killing a protected national treasure just so he could mount the lion’s head on his wall.
North and South Korea despise each other…they’re both Koreans for crying out loud!
Several years ago I attended a presentation at York Suburban High School related to the story of Matthew Shepard who was beaten, tortured and left to die near Laramie, Wyoming on the night of October 6, 1998, and died six days later from severe head injuries. He was beaten to death by several rednecks because his existence threatened their insecure sexual self-perception.
As I remember, there were rumors that Matthew’s mother “might” be attending the presentation, and there were threats of protestors expected to show up. What is the purpose of protesting such an event? We should be proud of our schools and educators promoting tolerance toward those who are different from us, especially promoting peace to our children so they don’t grow up with the same biases, prejudices and hatred exhibited by their parents.
In December 2014, a guidance counselor in Lancaster County read a children’s book to a Kindergarten class called “Jacob’s New Dress”, which resulted in community uproar.
After the book was read to the class, the Kindergarten teacher sent a note home to parents explaining the book emphasizes the need to be kind to people, and what people wear is not important. It raises issues of bullying. She invited parents with questions to contact her or the counselor.
Six residents addressed the school board about parent notification concerns, saying that the parents should be notified BEFORE such a book is read in case they don’t want their child exposed to such….such….mmmm, let’s see, could the word possibly be “acceptance”?
Black lives matter, cops lives matter…come on, ALL LIVES MATTER, including animals!
What’s the common denominator in all of this? One word, “violence”.
Violence against those who are “different” from you.
Violence against women.
Violence against children.
Violence against the elderly.
Violence against animals.
In the news this week, Spencer Stone, who helped stop a terrorist attack on a French train a few weeks ago, was violently attacked and stabbed several times by two guys outside of a bar….in Sacramento! The poor guy was safer fighting terrorists in a foreign country than he was in his own home town!
Every hour of every day, someone in the very town YOU live in, is getting the crap beat out them by some insecure little punk just to make the bully feel powerful. This is not acceptable behavior! What kind of lessons do you think the children (especially the boys, in that home) are learning? Oh, it’s okay to beat up your woman when you feel like it.
It’s become common for the news media to report daily on the latest killings in York, Lancaster or Harrisburg. A father, son, brother, cousin, sister or mother dies, and for what? Drugs? Money? An argument that will be insignificant in a few days? Death is forever people! And regardless of the propaganda preached by Al-Qaeda, I guarantee you there are NOT 72 virgins waiting for you in the afterlife. If there are, my wife is going to be pretty upset…well, unless they do housework.
Violence is the common thread, and reducing the effects of violence starts in the home when the children are young. If a child observes an adult abusing a pet without conscience or repercussions, that is learned behavior. Statistics have shown that many serial killers start out as children injuring or killing small animals. The violence and cruelty escalates with age and the next thing you know, little Johnny is all grown up and travelling the country collecting bones.
What can you do about it? Work to change the behavior in your home, neighborhood, and community. The first thing you need to do is educate yourself on the signs to look for and the options available to seek help for those in need.
You are invited to a FREE panel discussion on “The Link Between Domestic Violence, Child Abuse, and Animal Cruelty” at Millersville University this Tuesday evening (October 13, 2015) at 7:00 PM. The event will be held in Biemesderfer Concert Hall in the Winter Visual & Performing Arts Center on campus.
Here’s a link to more information: http://blogs.millersville.edu/exchange/2015/09/29/psi-chi-plans-panel-on-domestic-violence/
If you or your business organization would be interested in sponsoring this event, please log onto the following page, but make sure to use the drop-down box to indicate your donation goes to the “2015 Psychology Colloquium“.
Please share the information about this panel discussion with everyone you can. Our future as a civilized society depends on it.