Murders, killings, loss of life, manslaughter, homicide. The words we have to describe the extinguishing of life seem as numerous in our culture as the Inuit have words to describe snow. That another murder will occur today in our largest cities is as sure and expected as the sun is to rise in the east.
Murder in the USA is not simply common but it is also celebrated. This is painfully and horribly obvious in the movies, television shows music and just about every other media venue available today which the population of the USA happily and greedily consume without moderation. Many will point out that these macabre art forms are not real, they are just for pleasure!
I first used this quote in my post MBA Students – A Scourge. It was meant to convey to my readers exactly how I felt after returning to the USA after 5 years in Asia.
It seemed that everywhere I turned, there was a solicitation, a sales pitch trying to separate me from my money. Credit card offers, long term financing, product sales, warranties, rebates, so on and so on.
Well, it seems that my feeling was correct. The USA had gotten out of control in terms of all this buy, buy, buy, spend, spend, spend and it all came crashing down. Now we sit in a recession and all eyes are on the economy.
I have been debating writing a post like this for some time and thought it over while on the elliptical at the gym. To be honest, the elliptical is one place I can think clearly and come up with ideas for new posts. I never turn on the T.V. turn up the music, stare out the window and start to daydream. I sometimes become a little distracted by the TV the person next to me is using however and today they were watching the talking head pundits on CNN.
This is something I’ve been meaning to write about for while. It is something that really bothers me but seems very acceptable in the current cultural climate.
Let me being by saying I’ve been a gamer every since I was a child on the Atari 2600 running through the jungle in Pitfall. Let’s run through a very quick list of my favorite games since the early 1980s.
From there I advanced to Sega Master System with my favorite game being Phantasy Star.
After the Master System I bought the Genesis and again, my favorite game was Phastasy Star (II).
Yet again another political issue is all over the media. And as usual the debate is superficial filled with shallow “talking points,” which paint the issue as black and white and the color you choose being your political affiliation.
I find the debate swirling around the details of the law a bit too much. For example, will “profiling” be a problem and if the papers are checked only if a crime has been committed. I feel we need to look at the larger picture.
I have a unique perspective on all this that I would like to share but first let’s do a quick overview of the logic employed by both parties.