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The Character of Our Culture Defines Our Children

lshort Wrote: Dec 20, 2012 1:30 PM
I agree that violence with guns is portrayed as "cool" and is pervasive and constant in our media imagery. However, an slaughtering children is never, ever portrayed as "cool." The cultural taboo against doing so is extreme, unrelenting and unchanged--if anything, it is more frowned upon to harm a child in any way whatsoever in our current culture than it ever was before, to the point of ridiculousness at times. The killer's choice of method may have had something to do with the recent tragedy; the choice of victims, I really don't think so, and I don't think can be laid at the door of our modern culture either.
chipsmydog Wrote: Dec 20, 2012 4:06 PM
What you think is based on fantasy.
Secular humanism enables selfishness and apathy.
What the American Public schools have become are atheistic seminaries where every thought an undisciplined child has is enshrined as the subjective truth they should cherish.
We have many years of "graduated" classes of hard heart, narcissists populating America today.
And then we ask "why?" when the society is so sick and violent.
lshort Wrote: Dec 20, 2012 4:34 PM
I'm not a secular humanist. What I think is based as much as possible on fact and unbiased observation, though I am fallible enough that no doubt some percentage of my opinions are totally off base, just like everyone's are. :) I am no more selfish than the average person, and I think I'm considerably less apathetic than the average person. Public schools do not teach atheism, either--do you think so because they don't teach Christianity, or Judaism, or Islam? Atheism is a specific philosophy that is not taught either. (Note: I'm also not an atheist.)

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