Greed, Violence and a Lack of Love are Destructive Forces
Why Is There So Much Trouble In the World Today?
Greed, sex, and violence are abundant. The decline of morals is everywhere. Illicit sex, on television, has become the norm. #Greed has become so prevalent that our financial institutions continue to decline daily. #Violence, surrounds us daily to the point that guaranteed safety is nonexistent. John Walsh, of the television series In Pursuit, spoke on Good Morning America. He acknowledged that "2018 was a bad year for America: 144 cops were killed, 307 mass murders. It use to be 3 people or more, now it is 4 people are more. Thirty-three thousand gun deaths in four cities Chicago, Baltimore, New Orleans, and Detriot. We are the richest most powerful country on the planet and the most violent."
Greed Caused Opioid and E-cigarette Addiction
One family that practiced and applied greed was accused of creating the opioid drug crisis c. John Dickerson of CBS This Morning news explained, "The powerful family being blamed for the deadliest drug crisis in American history. Opioid overdoses kill an average of 130 Americans a day. A lawsuit accuses eight members of the family behind Purdue Pharma through deceptive sales." Investigative reporting was done by news correspondent Tony Dokoupil who revealed the destructive forces of greed behind an opioid lawsuit where "Eight members of the Sackler family caused more of the opioid epidemic through deceptive sales campaign of oxycontin."
During the interview, Christopher Glazek expressed how "They were all very avid businessmen. They were all hell-bent on becoming super rich." A marketing strategy was implemented so the Sadler family could sell as much oxycontin as possible. Glazek went on to explain, "It turned them into one of the 20th richest families in the United States according to Forbes with a multi-billion dollar fortune but a very low profile. A Sackler wing at the New York Metropolitan Museum of Art where last year dozens of protesters tossed pill bottles calling it a 'temple of greed.' This is much bigger than the Sacklers now. American institutions are in so deep with the Sacklers profiting off the opioid epidemic there's going to have to be a reckoning."
Another disturbing story that demonstrated pure greed was discussed on CBS Morning by Nora O'Donnell where she stated, "A major new effort to discourage children and teenagers from using e-cigarettes. The American Academy of Pediatrics calls for new federal regulations including selling a medium age of 21 to buy the products. Banning online sales and youth-targeted marketing and stopping production of certain flavored e-cigarettes. The AAP said, 'The increasing use of e-cigarettes among youth threatens 5 decades of public health gains. . ."
The effects of greed on our youth through the #e-cigarette abuse was also addressed during an interview on this television series. The question was asked if the use of e-cigarettes has caused an epidemic? Dr.Tara Narula stated, "The Surgeon General said that in fact, it is. It is affecting 3.6 million youths. In fact, they are the ones that are users. About 20% of high school students and we know it is not just the harm of the e-cigarettes but it is the fact that it is the gateway to traditional cigarette use. Let's start with nicotine itself we nicotine is extremely addictive whether you use it once or twice or a couple weeks, you can become addicted. The amount of nicotine that kids are getting from these e-cigarettes may be much more than what they would get from traditional cigarettes. In fact, one of these pods has as much nicotine as a whole pack of cigarettes."
The aggressive sales of e-cigarettes due to greed has so many negative effects based on Dr. Narula's report. She went on to reveal that "Nicotine has cardiovascular side effects and it affects the adolescent brain. The brain does not develop until the age of 25 and nicotine has the potential to change learning, memory and impulse control. It also can affect mood disorders and prime the brain for risk of addiction to substances. Parents should be talking to their kids and helping them to see this is a health problem." Once again the desire for more money becomes more important than the health and life of our young people.
A Lack of Love Among Mankind
Disapproval ratings are high against political rulers. More than eight hundred thousand government employees were out of work and without pay for more than thirty days. Bad weather conditions and violent storms shredded homes like paper. Unyielding wildfires burnt through Texas, causing death and destruction. Vicious dictators fled, after a rebellion of citizens in their countries. Constant threats of terrorist attacks loom daily in our lives. Threats of a recession and high unemployment, leave millions in a frenzy. Six-year-old girls are dressed like movie characters who played prostitutes. We are living in a world that can only be controlled by wicked forces that manipulate man daily or is it mankind that causes all these problems? Let's consider the answers carefully.
With all these problems in the world, we must ask ourselves, why is there so much trouble in the world today? Yes, Satan and his demonic forces do cause a lot of the wickedness in the world today. It is also necessary to expose another answer, where we must look within ourselves to find the answers. Are we more selfish and greedy than ever? When you consider these questions, we must carefully contemplate that there still is good, in the majority of mankind. Humans continue to express love toward each other and the animals. Many demonstrate genuine concern for their neighbors which is commendable.
Today, we must carefully consider the word neighbor, who is our #neighbor that we should show love for? Is it just the individuals across the street or beside you? Webster's New Collegiate Dictionary described the word neighbor as, "one living or located near another: Fellowman: being immediately adjoining or relatively near." In each definition, there is a description of the location or of persons, whether they are our friend or enemy. Your neighbor can be your spouse or any family member that dwell with you as well. The most important point is, are we, good neighbors? Do we exercise loving kindness toward others? If we are generous and kind toward all people, there would not be such things as greed, violence, #selfishness and destructive measures toward our beautiful earth.
When violent storms, floods or wildfires did occur, were we there for our neighbors? During these stressful times, did we show loving-kindness toward our neighbors that were in need? Once again, these questions can only be answered by us individually.
Does the good within people, outweigh the bad? Do we imitate the violence and sexual exploits we see on television or in the movies? Do they have a negative influence on our lives? If we allowed this to happen, there would be no application of Matthew 19:19 where Jesus commanded, "You shall love your neighbor as yourself." The Holy Bible Revised Standard Version Once again, individual decisions are vital. Simply put, there is so much trouble in the world today because some people do not fully understand or apply love for their neighbor. Jesus knew if we applied this command, greed, violence, sexual exploitation and a lack of loving kindness would not exist. May we all pray for that kingdom to come which Jesus taught, Christians about while he was here on earth. This is the solution, where all neighbors will manifest complete love and kindness toward each other. Imagine learning more about this world in the future where so many problems that mankind experiences now such as violence, sexual exploits and hatred will no longer exist. For more information on this type of world that will exist in the future go to, www.jw.org
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