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Only dogs get mad...

January 6, 2016

        "I give you sound learning, so do not forsake my teaching. When I was a boy in my father’s house, still

        tender, and an only child of my mother, he taught me and said, “Lay hold of my words with all your

        heart; keep my commands and you will live. Get wisdom, get understanding; do not forget my

        words or swerve from them. Do not forsake wisdom, and she will protect you; love her, and she will

        watch over you. (Proverbs 4:2-6, NIV) [emphasis added]

 

When I was a child, I would often get mad and act out.  My mother always said, "Randy, only dogs get mad."  Never was sure what that really meant.  Well, I am getting mad with each passing day. Hopefully mom doesn't read these posts or I'll hear about it.

 

First off, I am disgusted with the 'culture of death' in which we find ourselves. People shooting people, people stabbing people, people murdering people with all kinds of weapons. People are legally killing unborn people in the name of health and I'm mad about it. Death surrounds us on all sides and the value of life has diminished to a whisper.  In fact, we as a people are more concerned over the mistreatment of an animal than we are over the abuse of another human being created in the image of God. (blood pressure now hitting 140/90)

 

Gun control, and rigorous background checks are in the news. Americans are divided over the gun issue along 2nd Amendment lines.  Meanwhile, our service women and men are stationed around the globe trying to keep peace, defeat ISIS, and bring calm to a world void of common sense and charity, which brings me to the point of this rant.

 

The 'culture of death' that has overcome us and continues to be spewed into our world with frightening speed and accuracy is literally killing us. From where does this evil come from and how does it have free reign to move wherever it wants to go without licensure and regulation? Sounds like an earth that has been turned into Satan's playground (No rules and everything goes).

 

The latest ads for Call of Duty Black Ops makes me want to smash my TV. It glorifies killing and shooting anyone or everyone who comes close. There is little delineation between reality and fantasy. A person binge (ing) on this video game is celebrated for their kill count....and add into this game the multi-player element and you see competition rising to see who kills more people.

 

Big screen movies glorify guns and killing as if it should be the goal for every person in the world to be the next assassin out for revenge. The directors and producers of these gruesome flicks are some of the very same who decry the nature of our 'gun culture' (somewhat hypocritical in my opinion) and they get upset over the easiness with which people are killing each other.... Hmm, I wonder where these ideas to shoot and kill people come from?  Network TV shows and most all the premium channels continue to gush out their drivel of shows that glorify more of the same fare of people using guns to kill.  (blood pressure now approaching 160/100)

 

Our president, well intentioned as he is, has discussed his attack on guns and controlling who has possession of the same. I applaud his bravery but am not convinced he has gone far enough to identify some of the worst offenders of this 'death culture' epidemic.  I would like to see our president confront the televison industry, the movie makers, the video game designers, and hold them accountable for promoting and celebrating the 'death culture' portrayed in their products.

 

It wasn't too long ago that Camel cigarrette corporation was accused and fined for their use of 'Joe Camel' as a marketing tool that targeted children and encouraged smoking.  How is the video gaming industry given a pass on this influenza of death and destruction woven into their games? How can movies producers continue to pour this poison into our culture with not even the bat of an eye from our governing agencies like the FCC?

    One final point of contention for me is the millions...no hundreds of billions of dollars that are harvested from the sale of violent video games and 'killology' movie tickets. We cry out and shake our heads and say we want less gun violence in our world. We want less violence of any kind in our world. We want less chaos in our world.  Unfortunately, we also pull out our wallets and spend money to use the very media that promotes this 'death culture' and therein want more media and entertainment that contains gun violence, violence, and chaos (supply and demand theory).  

 

Death apparently sells as well as sex sells. Too bad. We'll be defeated by our own voracious appettite for death... (blood pressure has now topped 200/140) Things are getting dim and I can't make out the computer screen.

 

It's time to tell the industries that profit from this 'death culture' that we've had enough. 

Are you mad enough to raise your voice?

 

(PS: This post was written on 1/5/16 and before I watched the President's announcement. Apparently he is mad too.)

 

((PSS: Another fourteen pages of words would have to be engaged to discuss the root problem of this 'death culture' of which I speak and that would mainly focus on our lost moral compass. A world living strictly for humanistic and not godly purposes will usually lead to a great fall of that society.))

 

 

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