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Humanity One World: Grieving Must Bring Change

Updated on August 5, 2014
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Foreward:

This is not a humorous hub.

If you were expecting one from me today, my apologies. I recognize that is my common niche.

Yet, another senseless and ruthless crime has taken place. For a few days, the country will be in mourning. Then, life will go back to normal for most people and the event will all but be forgotten. Forgotten, except to the families that were directly involved.

The country is grumbling again and I must have my say as others have done. Some will not like this, some will tolerate it, and others will probably never read a hub of mine again. If that be the case, so be it. I feel as though this must be said.

Our Lives Can Be Mapped Out, As Can Be Society.  Do You Know Where Your Course Has You And Your Family Headed?
Our Lives Can Be Mapped Out, As Can Be Society. Do You Know Where Your Course Has You And Your Family Headed? | Source

We Must First Look To See Where We're At, And Then Remember Where We've Been

The community at Hubpages seem to be some of the most open minded individuals of any group I've ever been associated. Yet, as we agree to disagree, there is much being said that doesn't make any sense.

Of course, the killing of 20 young children doesn't make any sense, either. Neither does the murder of over 2,000 individuals in the twin towers. Neither does over 900 in Guyana many years ago. And, who can forget the Manson killings of the late 60's? They made absolutely no sense at all.

But, my friends, when does killing make sense?

If you were to ask anyone that's ever been in the military (like myself), they would tell you in a time of war. Killing is necessary to defend our country from aggression. Killing is necessary to assert vengeance on those that attacked us. To ensure freedom in a world filled with those who wish to control it!

Politician's have the same rhetoric.

Yet, in honesty, if there were no aggressors that believed in killing, would it be necessary?

If you were to ask a hard core criminal, they would tell you that killing is necessary to eliminate witnesses to a crime. They would say that you set the example to others by killing as a demonstration of strength. To keep other gangs from infringing upon your territory. And, to keep others from cheating you out of your money after some sort of illegal deal has gone down.

Boy, that's validates it, doesn't it?

Still better, the professional "mind doctors" (as I call them) love to validate the evil killings that take place. "He was bullied as a youngster, no one understood him, his parents split up at an early age, and the stress of society" have all been used and seem to be some of their most favorite excuses.

"Winners have reasons for success! Failures have excuses for failure! What, may I ask, are you telling us? Are you really saying that any individual with an excuse can be excused from the crimes they commit? Or, are you looking for more excuses for your failures?"

As I stated in the comments of Billybuc's hub (Dreaming of a White Christmas) the other day, "Sometimes the more we know, the less we know!"

I'm Tired And Frustrated!  Aren't You?
I'm Tired And Frustrated! Aren't You? | Source

What Is It We Can See?

I'm tired! Tired of excuses and failures in our society, tired of the "me" generation, tired of experts validating the actions or murderers, and tired of people trying to blame an inanimate object for society's failure to correctly raise its youth.

The family unit is a joke anymore. In the 1960's, it was "wrong" for a girl in high school to get pregnant. In the eyes of society, as it was believed that a child couldn't correctly raise a child. Today, it is more than commonplace to have multiple children while in high school. So, now, children are raising children. How can they properly teach what they never learned?

We were taught the difference between right and wrong. When Charles Whitman went on his shooting spree from the University of Texas tower, we all knew that was wrong and completely unacceptable. Doctors later found a brain tumor. It didn't make it right, but it was a viable reason.

It was common practice for youngsters to respect their adults. Today, there is no such thing as respect taught at home, as respect is only earned, not given.

In fact, the home was a place where we talked about rights and wrongs, solutions, and directions to take. We didn't look to Huffpost comments sections to decide how we should react. We learned about people and direction through face to face conversations, local newspapers that didn't slant the facts to get readers from sensationalism, and social gatherings.

Even the Guyana Tragedy of 1978 discusses children.  This isn't a new concept!
Even the Guyana Tragedy of 1978 discusses children. This isn't a new concept! | Source
Ted Bundy
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Most of all, we kept God in the home. By the way, my mother died when I was thirteen and a month later I watched my best friend die after getting run over by a speeding car. God didn't provide any answers why those things happened back then, either. But, I had been brought up believing in God, and knew better than to question him. He did provide me the strength to move forward.

Today, kids don't learn about God in the home, for the most part. Why bother talking when there's 250 different channels to watch, computers to play on, and video games to entertain? And we wonder why people can't handle life anymore. They've been brought up by a fantasy world!

Charles Manson's followers carried a .22 revolver and knives. Most of the killing was done with knives, both at the Tate home and the LaBianca's. Ted Bundy killed most of his victims either by clubbing them to death, or stabbing them with a knife. Jim Jones basically killed over 900 men, women and children by forcing them to drink poison Kool Aid. In 1995, Timothy McVeigh used a truck bomb to kill hundreds of men, women and children in Oklahoma City. The 911 Terrorists murdered over 2,000 people in a matter of hours with box cutters and jet aircraft. People will kill people with whatever they want.

Anders Breivik
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In gun controlled Europe, 2011 provided Anders Breivik a bombing and shooting spree killing 69 on a Norwegian island. He couldn't get weapons in Prague, so he purchased them in Oslo. The criminal can always find devices with which to kill. He laughed at his hearing and thought himself successful in gaining the publicity he'd sought in protest of a multicultural Europe. He, also, knew there was no death penalty to face.

In the states, we've become a nation of politically correct wimps that are conforming without protest and blaming everything but ourselves. Why? Two reasons: 1) If you don't accept responsibility, you don't have to do anything about it, and 2) because many were never taught basic manners, or right from wrong, and have to now have laws to tell them what they can and can't say and do. The lawmakers are going crazy with power and making more and more laws to limit your future opportunities and rights. Yet, people sit and do nothing.

It's Time To Turn Off The TV And Talk!  Take Control By Eliminating The Remote Control!
It's Time To Turn Off The TV And Talk! Take Control By Eliminating The Remote Control! | Source

Our Future Depends On Accepting Responsibility

1) We must take control of our homes and all within. This means bringing the family unit back into being as a viable source of learning. Shoving the kids in front of a television to observe idiocy in programming aids no one's advancement. Get the kids away from the computers. Do you seriously think they're researching book reports? They're either on Facebook learning social skills from other kids there own age that know even less than they do, looking up porn, or at sites that show gore pictures of people that have been shot or killed in an accident. Is this what you want your kids to tell your grandchildren they learned while under your roof?

If so, it's time for child services to step in.

Start Teaching When They're Young!  The Impressions You Make And The Examples You Set Can Last A Lifetime!
Start Teaching When They're Young! The Impressions You Make And The Examples You Set Can Last A Lifetime! | Source

2) We must get back to a concept of right and wrong. Being an adult means you have the ability to determine the difference between right and wrong. You set the example for your children to follow. If you haven't reached this stage yet, you have no business being a parent. Your children must develop a set of values to utilize their entire life. These aren't found on television. In fact, the opposite is true.

Lawyers use tactics to blur the lines between right and wrong in order to get their clients free. One tactic is to bring in a so called behavioral expert to give expert testimony. This is where the "mind doctors" started thriving. Sad thing is, this is where many people started listening to them. We've thrown out the concept of common sense and believed everything they've told us. Now, look where we're at! Obviously, one or two of them was wrong along the way!

There is a line between right and wrong. It helps to mold children, their habits, and their acceptance of their peers. Kids will be kids, but if they know the difference, they generally won't stray that far over the line that's been taught.

Stop Pointing The Blame At Everyone Else!  It's Time You Looked At Yourself!
Stop Pointing The Blame At Everyone Else! It's Time You Looked At Yourself! | Source

3) We've got to stop blame shifting society's failures. Gun control is a joke. I know that ticked off many of you, but, if people were taught as I've already described, do you honestly think it would be needed? As previously described, the most notorious mass murderers of our time didn't even use guns in their crimes. Knives, bombs, Kool Aid, and jets did enough damage killing thousands. Yet, we run to blame an inanimate object for our people dying.

Let's put the blame where it belongs ... on the person! Stop trying to make him the victim. What do you think your kids hear when you say, "He did it because ...?" It's an excuse that validates! Why is that so hard to grasp? Instead, what if you said, "It really doesn't matter why he did it. Nothing makes killing right. What matters is that it is wrong to kill others, no matter what the reason. To even consider killing others is wrong." Wouldn't that make a much greater dividing line for a youngster to understand?

Take responsibility and teach your children, observe your children, and know your children. I don't care if you're a grandparent, it's your responsibility to know your children and observe their actions. Who better than a person that is familiar with their actions to see if they're straying into a danger zone?

If your kids need professional help, get it for them. Force them, if necessary, into it and maintain a constant communication until improvement is well on its way. For a parent to feel as though their responsibility has ended because the child is no longer under their roof is a total lack competency.

Eliminate this era of Political Correctness that is transforming the country into a blame shifting herd of cattle. Take control!

Whatever God You Believe In, Please Teach Your Children About The Principles It Follows.
Whatever God You Believe In, Please Teach Your Children About The Principles It Follows. | Source

4) Let's get God back in the home. Believe it or not, religion teaches many lessons of right and wrong. Even if you're questioning the existence of a superior being, read it and require the same of all family members. Go to church every so often. Football doesn't start until later anyway, so get up off your tail and take the family to Sunday Services. No, I don't agree with all the minister has to say either. But, by providing some outside guidance in your family that validates your teachings of right and wrong, you may find your children more open to what you have to say. No one said being a parent was going to be a walk in the park. Yet, you took on the responsibility, so live up to it!

Let's Stop The Tears And Accept Our Responsibilities!  Aren't The Children Worth It?
Let's Stop The Tears And Accept Our Responsibilities! Aren't The Children Worth It? | Source

A Final Word

I've gone on way too long here. I don't do rants, but this year has been absolutely horrible for so many people. I’m afraid if we don't get back to basics soon, we can expect to see more of the violence we've witnessed this past year, more rights taken away, and greater political correctness ruling our actions.

Worst of all, more kids will be growing up without knowing the difference between right and wrong. More tears will be shed as more and more tragedies occur. Are you ready to make a difference?

It’s time to change.


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      Michelle Liew 4 years ago from Singapore

      I agree with everything here, Richard. I like the most basic premise here....let's let God back into our homes. Sadly, he's seriously lacking in some hearts, and we ourselves forget Him from time to time. This tragedy is a dark reminder. Thanks for sharing. I am passing it on.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Absolutely beautiful and right on, Rich! Maybe you should do rants more often. :) Buddy, I have believed for quite some time now that society has gone to hell in a handbasket....and I lay the blame on the family unit. In fact, I don't even know how to define the family unit any longer. You captured it perfectly in this societal statement, and I'm with you 100%.

      Well done Rich! Let's hope a few parents read and follow your words.

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      SilverGenes 4 years ago

      This is one of the finest articles I have read in a long time. I couldn't agree more with everything you have said here. The boundaries between right and wrong in our society have blurred so much that we can't see them anymore. Nothing seems to matter and everything is excused. Yes, it is time to change.

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      Rich 4 years ago from Kentucky

      Michelle -

      Good to see you!

      I'm no saint, by any means. Yet, I have a true belief in God. When the teachings are taken away, the lessons are too. That's when the children lose out. People need to re-examine what's occurring and start taking responsibility, instead of constantly trying to blame something else. There's no validation for murdering the innocent. None whatsoever. To validate why is ridiculous. But, that's just my feeling.

      Thanks for commenting and sharing! Much appreciated!

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      Rich 4 years ago from Kentucky

      Bill -

      Good to see you here, my friend!

      You and I have discussed this many times. I'm just fed up with people looking for excuses and validations. There is no validation for murdering the innocent. It is a wrong! That's it! And that's what needs to be taught to our children. We've got to bring the family unit back. Otherwise, the teachings will be lost.

      Thanks for your support, Bill! Always Appreciated!

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      Rich 4 years ago from Kentucky

      Alexandra -

      So good of you to stop in!

      There always seems to be an excuse for wrong doing. When many of us were children, our parents would say, "It doesn't matter why you did it, you knew better and it's wrong!" That got lost somewhere along the way with many of the kids being brought up. With the blur between right and wrong, we're only telling them that there is a line, but no one knows where it's at. It's crazy! Kids need guidance and they're not getting it.

      I appreciate the kind comments! Many Thanks!

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      Randi Benlulu 4 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Richard, absolutely DO NOT apologise for anything you have said here. You have written what people need to know! Thank you so much for this hub, your thoughts and ideas! Up+ and sharing!

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      Mary Craig 4 years ago from New York

      Voted everything but funny Richard. I so totally agree with you....when we stopped respecting and listening to our parents, when we tried to kick God out of society...when we lost respect for others....THEN the troubles began. Back to basics, back to a life where there is faith, love and respect! I am sooo with you! Shared this hub as its message is so on spot.

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      Rich 4 years ago from Kentucky

      Randi -

      Thanks for stopping by!

      I only wrote as I truly believe. I'm not a NRA supporter or a supporter of gun control. I'm just tired of the killers being excused and an inanimate object being blamed. People aren't teaching the basics as they once did. We all know the Internet doesn't, nor do 99% of the television shows. If the parents don't do it, who will? Educators throw up their hands at the manners and attitudes of many of the kids they have to teach. It's time for a parent to be a parent, and stop blaming everything and everyone else for the mess society is in. It makes no sense how the "mind doctors" haven't come up with this common sense concept. Well, maybe it does, considering the many ridiculous paths many of them have led the public down.

      Thanks loads for your support and comments! Greatly appreciated!

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      Rich 4 years ago from Kentucky

      Mary -

      So good to see you today!

      Man has the highest reasoning power of any of God's creatures. Yet, man uses it so seldom. The idea of letting TV's, computers, video games, and I-Phones take over the raising of our children demonstrates how lazy and irresponsible society has grown. And then, they seek to blame others or other things for the violence occurring. It's so ridiculous. Discipline, right and wrong, common sense, love, respect, religious values ... all can be (and should be) taught in the home. It's got to start to become a viable part of every child's life. We're just currently reaping what we've sown. Change is a must.

      Thanks for all the votes and comments! Always good to see you!

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      Paula 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      Richard.....BRAVO! Tell it like it is. The Blame Game is worse than a joke....it's ludicrous and totally unacceptable. I see not one single word in your fabulous hub that can possibly be argued with, by any rational adult. All that you state is FACT.....realistic.....common sense...

      Open your eyes, people. Thank you for this Richard. Voted up and across the board...minus humor.............Shared.

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      Rich 4 years ago from Kentucky

      Paula -

      Really good of you to visit!

      Blaming someone or something else is part of what our parents taught us not to do! When we said, "I did it because Johnny did", our parents would give us the old, "Well, if Johnny jumped in a lake would you jump in, too?" We learned to take responsibility for our actions. Nowadays, Dr. Such and Such and friends are giving all types of excuses for why people do things. They're guessing 99% of the time, and validating "wrong" acts. "He obviously had never been taught the difference between right and wrong correctly at home" is what most of it boils down to. However, they wouldn't collect their fees or gain their reputations if that were the answer the sensationalistic news agencies expected. It's time to make the line much bolder so there's no misunderstanding or blurring.

      I always appreciate all your votes and comments! Many Thanks!

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      Eric Dierker 4 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      I look back and I look forward and I pray I conform in a great degree to this hub. We must walk a fine line between demanding these principles be followed and causing guilt, and leading by example which creates a desire to accept and emulate. So far so good.

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      Rich 4 years ago from Kentucky

      Eric -

      Good to see you, my friend!

      I have no doubts you've done well, and will continue to teach and lead your family. No one is perfect, but that doesn't mean we give up attempting to set the example. My mother used to say, "I'll never leave you with a babysitter." Indeed, she didn't, and she taught me much in the 13 years we had together. If the parent makes the effort, the child recognizes it.

      Greatly appreciate your comments! Many Thanks!

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      Sunnie Day 4 years ago

      Rich,

      I am standing up and applauding this but I know you ...you are saying please sit down...Please! Everything you said is pure truth. There is no reason, nothing we can say to change this horrific situation but you have brought up some very valid solutions, we have to look at the whole picture of where our world is headed. It goes back to the very basics within the home. Not that this will ever stop the evil but it is a start. Parents need to get wise and quit letting the digital age be their babysitters. There are many troubled teens out there who have no parental supervision or the system itself has failed them. Thank you for writing this..needed to be said.

      God bless

      Sunnie

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      LaDena Campbell 4 years ago from Somewhere Over The Rainbow - Near Oz...

      You have taken the words out of my mouth and written them more beautifully than I could have! Now...how do we do this? We talk and talk but what its the next step? I don't have an answer...but I need one...

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      Rich 4 years ago from Kentucky

      Sunnie -

      Thanks so for coming by!

      And yes, please sit down! lol Young people today have so much facing them, and are really not prepared in the basics as they should be. To do without reason has become commonplace. The only reason is possible expectations. Since there is no punishment for failure, expectations are seldom reached, nor cared about. When faced with these failures, frustration starts. That is when decisions become as blurry as the line between right and wrong, especially if that line has never been taught. There must be a guiding force, and that force should be in the home. Unfortunately, many times, that is only a thing of the past. It has got to change if we ever expect society to improve.

      Thanks so for the kind words and comments! Much Appreciated!

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      Karen Silverman 4 years ago

      yes, yes, and YES! Rant on, my friend - rant on! I do however - need to interject on one small point here! The 'inanimate object' - the gun!

      While i agree that we must take responsibility and raise our children better - THAT'S NOT the current trend, clearly. Assuming this trend continues - wouldn't you agree that making only specific firearms AND specific bullets unavailable to the general public MIGHT just help? I understand that knives kill (altho - those children attacked with knives in china will at least LIVE to have a future..), i understand that terrorists kill, i understand that cars kill - AND - according to the ban in new york on slurpees - apparently slurpees kill as well..

      GUNS KILL...make no mistake about it - it's just that some kill more and better than others. Why make them freely and easily available to a population that you yourself admits is whacked?

      Please don't tell me that criminals will 'find a way' to get them anyways - AT LEAST it will be illegal and MAYBE- just maybe- one or two will get caught while in the ILLEGAL process of purchasing them...

      Just a thought..

      EXCELLENT hub, my friend....sharing on...

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      Rich 4 years ago from Kentucky

      LaDena -

      So very good of you to stop in!

      School systems must get involved first, and then the local media. School systems have parent-teacher conferences. Pamphlets about family responsibilities need be presented to each parent outlining their responsibilities and obligations to preparing a child for proper learning. News media must get involved in promoting family events, not just of it's advertisers, but a Community Calendar highlighting the reasons for attendance. Religious leaders need to also get involved, not only with their own congregations, but in reach out programs to young adults and expectant mothers as to their responsibilities to the child thay may soon be bringing into the world. And, all the disbelievers and disrupting politically correct advocates need be ignored for a change! A "Teach Your Children Responsibly" program should be the goal of all involved. Not to control what's being taught, but to ensure the uneducated become educated in their teachings. A website could be established to provide information in the various areas: right and wrong, self esteem, setting the example, etc. All television and radio stations have obligations to fill for the community benefit. Taking advantage of those could assist in building the interest. I could go on and on, but I think you get the gist of it. At least, that would be the direction I'd go. But, what do I know?

      I really appreciate the visit and comments! Many Thanks!

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      Eiddwen 4 years ago from Wales

      Firstly I want to sat thank you for standing and telling all loud and clear!!This world has some sick and vile beings (I can't call them people )and we have to step up and start making noises!!Ass btrbell said don't you apologise for anything you've said on here;i have respect for people like you who stand up and make sure they are heard. this may be the Festive season but do the victims who are abused have some time off from such cruelty. We know the answer to that don't we.

      I vote up and share all around.

      Take care my friend .

      Eddy.

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      Janine Huldie 4 years ago from New York, New York

      Richard, you said it perfectly and the change that has to take place in the home first and foremost. I completely agree with you on this. As a former teacher, I saw too many young people who were not raised properly and whose parents were too busy to take the time out of their busy days to care. If their child needed helped, the feigned "The not my child" stance and that was the end of that. Great article and my pleasure to vote way up and share all over!!

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      Linda Crist 4 years ago from Central Virginia

      Rich, if anyone doesn't like this piece, they've got their head in the clouds and aren't dealing with reality. Great job! If the truth hurts...so be it.

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      Rich 4 years ago from Kentucky

      Leslie -

      It's good to see you here!

      This may be one point in which we have to agree to disagree, as friends, and stay friends. I have a hard time with any more laws going on the books. We don't have a government with the common sense to represent the people that elect them, only the businesses and corporations that pay for their campaigns. And, the problem is, that government is only getting bigger.

      Instead, I would agree to more intensive background checks being performed on those applying for weaponry, and limits on the types of ammunition made available to the general public. Let's go back a few years. The bootleggers and crime syndicates of the late 20's and early 30's found stashes of weaponry (machine guns, etc.) any time they wanted. The gangs of South Central in the 90's, as well as the drug dealers throughout the last 30 years, have never purchased a legal weapon, but were so well armed that police departments had to get better weaponry to compete against the criminals. Even the guns used in the school killings were stolen from the shooter's mother.

      Do we need assault rifles? No. Most assault rifles are only standard rifles with modifications to make them look like they're something more dangerous. Multiple round clips can be purchased for just about any rifle or hand gun produced.

      In February, I took a concealed weapons class. I have had the certificate to go get my license for over six months. Yet, I haven't. I've never been a gun lover, but society is getting more and more dangerous. It's crazy, but it's almost getting to the point one feels as though it's better to be protected and carry a weapon, than to not carry one and need it.

      I'm caught in the middle, to a certain extent, but I have had enough of government limiting my options. Perhaps, it's my military background coming out. Perhaps, I look at my wife and think if anyone ever tried to harm her, I could protect her. Perhaps, I look at the statistics and see more and more older citizens becoming victims of home invasions and violent crime.

      No, I don't believe gun control would stop a person who wants to follow through with their insane act. I blame the person shooting the gun, just as I would the pusher dealing the crystal meth or the thug using the brass knuckles to do their dirty work. I owned venomous reptiles at one time. Those would kill you if given the chance. It was their instinct. I do own a couple of guns at this time. They just sit where they're located without doing anything. They have no instinct. They've never killed anyone, or aimed themselves at anyone. Hopefully, they never will.

      Man is the only creature on Earth to advance weaponry to kill his own kind. He is indeed the most dangerous creature, and one not to be trusted for the most part. Again, as friends, let us agree to disagree in this philosophy.

      I appreciate the really insightful comments and kind words! Thanks so much for stopping in!

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      Rich 4 years ago from Kentucky

      Eddy -

      So good to hear from you today!

      It's so ridiculous for the shooter to get more publicity than the victims of a crime. Everyone wants to analyze, validate and put in their opinions so they can brag about being involved. How about becoming involved with the stories of the victims? How about giving them as much time and concern? Why are they forgotten? It makes no sense whatsoever. Are we so turned on by evil that we thrive on hearing all we can about someone who creates tragedy and misery? Have we become so tainted that villains are now looked at as heroes in a distorted type of way? As I've said, I can't validate murdering the innocent. It's wrong, and that's an absolute. To try to make it anything else is ludicrous. The sooner the youth start getting the right or wrong lessons at home, and the other teachings they deserve, the better off we'll all be.

      I really appreciate your comments! Many Thanks!

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      Mark G Weller 4 years ago from Lake Charles, LA.

      I just responded to another great article Richard. I spoke about how the mom and her three kids all watch the most violent disgusting TV shows, play the violent X-Box games and sit texting back and forth on their Iphones (All of them have the phones and Ipads).

      Your statements are so right on. The family has dissapeared, parents have no clue how to teach, and worst of all God has been thrown out in exchange for "Political Correctness."

      Thank you for writing this! Mark

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      Rich 4 years ago from Kentucky

      Janine -

      Always great to see you!

      Most of the parents sound as if they'd never been taught the concepts and had no idea as to what you were trying to get across to them. So, the pretended to know and stand up for the ignorance they'd shared in the home. It's so sad that people don't realize the bed they're making for everyone to sleep in. Each occurrence of violence, I say to myself, "Maybe they'll wake up." Unfortunately, I've been saying it way too often as of late.

      Thanks, as always, for all your support and everything you do! Greatly appreciated!

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      Rich 4 years ago from Kentucky

      Linda -

      It's great to see you here!

      I'm glad you said in the clouds. I might have stated it a little differently, possibly up a certain body part. Unfortunately, there will be those that don't understand it, as they've never been taught themselves. We've got to get the word out and make it a common practice again, instead of a "new" idea.

      Greatly appreciate your commenting and support! Many Thanks!

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      Rich 4 years ago from Kentucky

      Mark -

      I'm so glad to see you here, my friend!

      What do they say ... something about "Great Minds?" lol I never would include myself in that, by any means. Seriously, it's a sad state we reside within as a society. Fun and Games, be it TV, computers, I-Phones, video games, whatever, all technology and no people skills. Teaching our youth is almost a forgotten art, and there is simply no excuse for it. It should be the prime responsibility of every parent, yet, somehow, it's been losing ground generation by generation. Parents have got to get it together and start from scratch, which means they've got to learn it and set the example. What a change that would be for the masses!

      Sincerely appreciate you commenting and visiting today, Mark! Many Thanks!

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      Karen Silverman 4 years ago

      Hmmmm...i'm thinking we agree to agree more than disagree, Richard. You agree that certain bullets and assault rifles aren't necessary - i'm good with that.

      Friends always, no matter what..

      And HEY, MARK - where ya been? Was it something I said?

      sigh...prolly...lol..

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      Rich 4 years ago from Kentucky

      Leslie -

      See, I'm not as bad as you thought I was! lol Damn, there goes my reputation again! : )

      Many Thanks!

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      Mike Pugh 4 years ago from New York City

      Powerful message RC, that hub is baking up in the HP oven right now as I type and is on its way. I'm sharing this one in hub about a hub, because as I stated over there on FB your hub needs to get heard everywhere it can be read from.

      Bravo! on landing all your key points, and I loved the way you delivered this message, humanity definitely needs a wake up call. You tear apart at the seams of the fake institutional aspects, an material aspects of this society, and I been doing it too, as well as Billybuc and many others.

      You right we all need to return back to God, and bring God into the househould for sure. Thumbs up and out!

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      Deborah Brooks Langford 4 years ago from Brownsville,TX

      Richard you out did yourself with this hub.. I agree with every word.. we kicked our Lord out of our Nation and our schools.. not everyone but most forgot about God and you are right He hasn't been taught to our children right and wrong and out the door..

      "the World will not be destroyed by those that do evil, but by those who watch without doing anything." Albert Einstein

      Many blessing for writing this

      sharing

      debbie

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      Maria Jordan 4 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

      Bro,

      You are beautiful. Having been on the receiving end of a gun myself, I could not agree more. All of your points are logical, decent and make me feel like I am not alone in my beliefs.

      Voted UP and UABI. You are cool, even when deadly serious.

      Love, Sis

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      Tijani Achamlal 4 years ago from Morocco

      Very true and convincing .Taking lives is wrong wrong wrong whatever the reason is.I voted UP.Thanks.

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      skye2day 4 years ago from Rocky Mountains

      Debbie sister awesome works. I am so grateful you published this article and even more grateful you shared the truth. God has been taken out of the picture in the USA. May God help us all. We must come back to God as a Nation or we will face judgment. There is not doubt it is written in Scripture. Prophecy is unfolding at a rapid pace. Many will choose to cover eyes or ignore God. He will not be mocked. George Washington told us many years ago if we fall from God as a Nation then we will not be under the hedge of protection from the Almighty. Satan is the god of this world and the master mind evil one that comes only to steal kill destroy. There is one that has conquered the devil and in Him we too have authority in the name above all others, Jesus Christ. But how can one know the truth if they do not hear it or see it from one their home and their peers. It is a mixed up world and our focus is on stuff and what we can gain. We want to write our own rules and then mock God when everything falls apart.

      God is the way truth and life. He will have the final say. One day every knee will bow and every tongue confess He is Lord. I pray that parents get it together in Christ. Please take your kids to a Jesus teaching church. You go so you can be free and saved from sin.

      Again another great hub Debbie. Tuff love hurts sometimes but we need to know. If you loose readers GOD will replace them. You are a seed planter for Jesus. Thanks for reaching out. May God Bless you and yours this Christmas now and forever.

      May our Lord comfort the families of the ones lost in a horrific tragedy. You know God can turn all things for the good for those that love Him. He does and He can. We can not loose hope in the one true Lord. I pray many come to Him at this time in CT and the world. I pray they do not blame God. God did not cause this mess. He allows things to happen for His plan and purpose but He weeps at His people. He will come to judge one day and soon. Vengence is mine says the Lord. God Love ya girl. Jesus loves everyone and wants none to perish, no not one. Hugs Skye

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      Pamela Oglesby 4 years ago from United States

      Richard, This hub is outstanding and I agree with you completely. We sure do need to get God back into the home. Children need to learn right from wrong at a young age. Excuses just don't cut it. Many people grew up with abuse and worse and turned out just fine. They sure didn't go murder little children. How is it that someone like this can walk around and no one sees the sign? Has communication stopped in many homes? This tragedy is one more horrible tragedy in a series and no, they were not all committed by guns. Criminals will always be able to get guns, even if they are outlawed, just as they get cocaine, and so forth. Thanks for writing such a pertinent hub.

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      CrisSp 4 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      Ironically, this is exactly what I mean and was discussing with my hubby yesterday, where we both agree that maybe it's time to put back God and prayers at home and in school.

      I agree in every words to said here Rich, in my younger days in school, our daily morning routine starts by an assembly at the ground to sing the national anthem followed by prayers and a short warm up exercise before the formal sit-in class begins. And I tell you, students were more disciplined during those days. We have fear, fear of not abiding by the rule not that we have no freedom of expression but there is obviously respect. Now a-days-, it is apparent that students are not aware of good manners and right conduct and hence, unable to differentiate between the right and the wrong and even though they can tell the difference and they know that they're twisted, the society takes them --altruism is taken in the wrong way. You can obviously tell the huge difference between the "Then & Now", where discipline and respect is concerned.

      Most of all as you said, we kept God in the home. After all, it all begins at home.

      Marvelous hub. Voted up and sharing in the hope that we all get enlightened. Thank you.

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      Mary Hyatt 4 years ago from Florida

      Great Hub. I wish everyone lived by the Golden Rule. I'm hope that this horrific event in Conn. might just bring back the political conversation on gun control. What ordinary citizen needs an automatic rifle? We need Gun Control: pure and simple.

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      Ms. Immortal 4 years ago from NJ

      This hub has touched my heart. Everything you said is so true. It's more important than ever that families bring God into their homes and restore values. So many children are basically raising themselves, being brought up on violent video games and movies.

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      This should be taken to Washington! It's the cry of our hearts and the solution to our problem. Voted up and shared.

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      Rich 4 years ago from Kentucky

      Mike -

      Good to see you, my friend!

      Sorry for the delay in responding. My eyes had given out on me earlier today. I'm just so tired of the blame shifting that occurs in today's society. It's always the other guy or the other thing, but never oneself in any way when the guilt is dealt. If we fail to see the affect of our actions, we are doomed to repeat those actions. It is an absolute necessity to bring the strength of the family unit and the teachings it needs to provide. Otherwise, we have only ourselves to proclaim guilt when the next tragedy occurs, and the next, and the next.

      Thanks for the support! Greatly Appreciated!

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      Rich 4 years ago from Kentucky

      Debbie -

      So good of you to stop in, my dear!

      We've got to get religion back into the household. The morality it teaches, and the wisdom it presents is not to be cast aside. I don't care what God a person worships, as they all have beneficial ideas and human direction as philosophy. Without religion, we become a society of frustrated, selfish "me" concerned individuals that has no concept of how to interact with and accept those who don't agree with their ideas. We've done such a good job of protecting their rights, we've forgotten our own, and the result has become a reoccurring nightmare!

      Thanks so much for visiting and sharing! Greatly Appreciated!

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      Rich 4 years ago from Kentucky

      Sis -

      So good to see you here!

      Sorry about the delay. My eyes had gotten so blurry I had to take a break. I honestly don't believe that gun control would stop anything. It never has. Our society just wants to blame something else for it's own misgivings. Violent crime will continue as long as we proceed raising our youth in the same manner. What's the definition of insanity? "Doing the same thing over and over the same way and expecting different results!" It doesn't matter what the law. If you don't get to the root of the problem and change behavior, there will be no change take place. How long has marijuana been illegal? Yet, people continued to smoke it, knowing they could go to jail, because the issues were never tapped in to. The same occurred with alcohol during prohibition. We've got to look into what has changed to create the mess we're in today. The family unit structure and teachings, the loss of the morality religion brings, and the blame shifting that society has become notorious for are the primary factors. Now, the question is, "Will society make an effort to change, or continue to ignore the problem so that they can watch reality TV?

      I sincerely appreciate all your support and kindness. Many Thanks!

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      Rich 4 years ago from Kentucky

      James -

      So good of you to visit, sir!

      Man continues to find more effective weapons with which to kill his fellow man. Clubs weren't good enough, so came knives, swords, bow & arrows, catapults, guns, atomic bombs, drones, and who knows what else. Man is the only creature on Earth to do this, which is ironic since man is supposed to have the greatest reasoning power. The Earth is the brotherhood of mankind. It doesn't mean that you have to love all your family members, but it sure doesn't mean you have to kill them.

      Thanks for commenting and voting! Greatly Appreciated!

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      Rich 4 years ago from Kentucky

      skye2day -

      Thanks for commenting on my hub. I'm glad Debbie shared it with you!

      I couldn't agree more with your comments. Obviously, you and I are Christians. I just want those that aren't to understand their God also provides much wisdom in the teachings presented. Morality is a major factor in all religions as they are written. To forego the teachings is to lose much in one's life, and to present an irresponsible attitude to those that need the teachings residing in the family household. It's time for a return to basics!

      Thanks for stopping in! I hope I didn't disappoint, not being Debbie! : )

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      Rich 4 years ago from Kentucky

      Pamela -

      Really good of you to visit!

      Someone once said something like, "It is impossible to see another when you are yourself blind." These people are only acting as they have most of their lives, so there is no great change most of the time. Without the family unit and the teachings it provides, the teachers are absent, thus, unable to recognize there are behavioral problems. It's like the mother that feels her child can do no wrong. She's unable to see the behavior that others experience. She's blind to reality because she's blind to accepting responsibility. Our society has promoted the stuck up, egotistical, always perfect person that believes it is such. Not being able to view one's weaknesses eliminates a vision of improvement. Perhaps, that is what the government promotes. If they preside over a group of individuals that can't see their faults, they are easier to control by tapping into those faults. It's a sad state of being, but one that must be tapped into and changed.

      I agree with all you've commented, and appreciate your kind words. Many Thanks!

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      Rich 4 years ago from Kentucky

      CriSp -

      Always good to see you here!

      I only tried to say as many have to believe. We are not blind, as the many comments have proven. Yet, we are at a loss as to how to get the message out. The hardest part is getting people to "care" enough to make the change. Behavior changes generally need a reward factor to be instigated. The rewards of doing as recommended will not be immediate, as we have already cast aside too many people in our "world society." It has to be installed, practiced, and believed in by those that set the example they wish their youth to become. Too many could care less right now, as they feel themselves "perfect." I honestly believe there is fear in their thoughts that they may not be as perfect as believed, but that ego is hindering any type of change. Easier to complain and blame everything and everybody than to accept the truth.

      As always, I greatly appreciate all the support you provide. Many Thanks!

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      Rich 4 years ago from Kentucky

      Mary -

      So good of you to visit.

      I don't believe as you in the realm of gun control, as I've explained in several comments already written. It serves no purpose and is never effective. Pulling the trigger is not the act of the gun, but the act of the person behind the gun. I have a couple that have never shot anyone, but just sit where they're place. Now, as you know, venomous snakes that I owned were dangerous. They'd bite you as instinct provided that as a method of self defense. They were dangerous, and would bite you if they got lose. We need to provide proper family unit teaching, religion, and a lead by example type of morality instead. I know you're a very observant parent that has always been there for your children. It's evident by your writings. Many here on HP's are. Yet, many kids are not supervised or responsibly raised, because their parents never were. Unfortunately, that number grows greater and greater everyday. Instead of blaming a weapon on the wall and saying, "Bad gun," we need to look at ourselves in the mirror and say, "What can I do to ensure my children are taught the right from wrong, the morality, and the sense of kindness to mankind that would never allow them to justify committing such a heinous act. We've looked for shortcuts too long in our blame shifting. It's time to take responsibility and change our philosophy about ourselves and our responsibility to our youth. Please read some of my comments about gun control above. That may help you to understand my point. Then, we can remain as friends as we agree to disagree. : ) That's part of being human that the political correctness trap so many are caught in today doesn't provide for that to occur. It would rather "everyone be like me because I'm perfect!" One begins to wonder where is that field of sweet clover I'm being herded into?

      Thanks so much for commenting! Many Thanks!

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      Rich 4 years ago from Kentucky

      Cathy -

      So good to see you!

      Technology has provided babysitters that do more than ignore the youth and talk on the phone to their boyfriends. They've brought fantasy and violence into such a high quality of realism that life and fantasy are becoming harder and harder for the youth of today to separate. They don't have to be tossed out, but the time spent with them does need to be limited. Unfortunately, too many parents have said, "Oh, they keep the kids quiet and out of my hair! They're a fantastic babysitter!" In doing so, the parents have disregarded their responsibilities and the teachings they need to be providing the children they decided to bring into the world. Entertainment has become such an escape, for both adults and the youth, that proper upbringing has taken a third row seat, if brought along at all. We've got to get back to basics and provide the youth with the morality, teachings, and dividing lines they require to become thinking and productive adults. Otherwise, society is in for more and more violent occurrences in the future.

      So happy you enjoyed this hub and commented. Many Thanks!

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      Rich 4 years ago from Kentucky

      Dianna -

      Really good of you to visit!

      I'm humbled by your comment. I just wanted to state what I saw as a necessary truth. It's amazing how many see it as that, too. We've got to get the "government is either responsible for" or "government needs to make another law" concepts out of our heads and start taking responsibility for what has transpired. As long as we ignore the fact that we are responsible for what has happened to society and try to find all types of things to blame and regulate, we will never solve the problem! It's hard for all those individuals that think they're perfect to understand "no one" is perfect, but when they do and bring forth a change in their own family unit, we might see the type of violent occurrence witnessed over and over become a thing of the past.

      I really appreciate your support and kind words! Many Thanks!

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      Martin Kloess 4 years ago from San Francisco

      Bottom line, I share your bottom line. It is one thing to write big viewed article on Hubpages and another getting people (and yourself) to city hall. Even more ironic: people have no problem complaining on FB but won't go on the government web site to cast an opinion. What a world! I love it.

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      shruti sheshadri 4 years ago from Bangalore, India

      beautifully written! I appreciate the strong voice and the profound thoughts behind it! Its time to change indeed! these killings are one final chance of opening our eyes into something the whole wide world is changing into. Its high time to stop isnt it?

      Thank you for this great message richard :)

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      learntosuckless 4 years ago

      It's rare when I read an entire piece especially one as long as this but I read this all. I couldn't stop reading you were right on target. From political correctness to gun control to parenting and to God. Good Job man. It really is a great article. My own take on this is why are politicians coming out and blaming guns in the first place? Where is the outrage from the citizenry towards the government and their public school systems for failure to keeps our kids safe? If we are going to blame inanimate objects then that also seems like a fair criticism to make. As parents protect a home by any means necessary (alarms, guns, burglar bars, etc.) the government also has a responsibility and needs to be held to account for not taking measures to protect our kids when under their supervision.

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      Rich 4 years ago from Kentucky

      Martin -

      Good to see you my friend!

      I share your concern. I can't tell you the frustration I've gone through at city council meetings and at public hearings considering various laws over the years. I attended one public hearing concerning private ownership of exotics that would drive the sane man crazy. Three quarters of the people there had great arguments against the law, as well as viable solutions to the problems. Yet, the AZA and ASPCA each sent one rep, and the laws were passed. When the public is ignored, all you can do is vote them out of office. Sad thing is, another clone takes their place. Many of the city council meetings are now limiting the number of individuals that can speak, or stating only one representative of each attending group membership can voice an opinion. The public is being cast aside, and most of them don't even know it because they're too busy watching reality television, and maybe, maybe watching the pitiful news coverage of the meetings, seldom aired, on local networks. We live in sadder times than most realize when the voices are ignored consistently, and the complacent sit at home and do nothing about it.

      Thanks for the insightful comments, my friend! Greatly appreciated!

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      Rich 4 years ago from Kentucky

      shruti sheshadri -

      Good of you to stop in!

      I'm humbled by your comments. I'm afraid society would rather find something and somebody to blame than to look at what they've become. They will give away their rights because of the fear they feel, not recognizing that fear has been used by the government for years to take away the rights given by the Constitution. The Patriot Act is a prime example of this. It is sad to see our government continue its path towards monarchy by issuing more and more Federal mandates, taking away both the rights of the states and the citizens. People need to get change moving on their own, instead of always looking for something else to do it for them.

      I appreciate your kind words and support! Many Thanks!

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      Rich 4 years ago from Kentucky

      learntosuckless -

      Good to have you on HP! Welcome!

      Let's look at the government a second. They have used fear so long as a political advancement tactic, they are now in the position of being blamed for anything that presents fear. They've wanted full control, and now they've got it! Yet, they don't know how to stop what isn't really a problem of theirs. It's a problem of society, not government. So, they have no resolve but to do as the public screams, which is to put another useless gun control law on the books. Then, they can say they did what the public wanted, and continue to follow up with more laws to take away more rights!

      As far as what to do in the realm of protecting our kids at schools, that is a grand question. Many schools, including the one attacked, had metal detectors and locked doors. Yet, the murderer was still able to break in. The question is, "How closely do we need our schools to resemble prisons just to keep individuals like this one out of them?" We can't, as parents, be living in fear over another event taking place, nor can we have our children be subjected to the life of a criminal.

      The first thing to do is to ensure the school system has a plan for events like this. The second is to ensure local police departments have the reserves to handle this type of occurrence with the speed of light. (That one scares me as we are starting to resemble a police state already.) The third one is to eliminate the plea of insanity when it comes to capitol murder. The Aurora shooter is using this, as predicted, to perfection in the acts he's performing in jail. If this was eliminated, perhaps it would keep one or two from going that direction. Yet, as, like the recent shooter, many find suicide is their course, so this alone will not stop them all. Society has to stop making these people valid in their acts. "Oh, he was mentally ill, that explains it" only gives others validation to do the same. "Oh, he was mentally ill, big deal. The parents of the victims don't care, and neither do we. He was wrong, completely wrong in doing this" would hit home the hardest.

      Instead of "mind doctors" playing their games in validations to advance their own reputations, bring them on to explain right from wrong. Have them define the dividing line, instead of blurring it. The sad thing about "mind doctors" is there is no actual hardcore guidelines for them to follow. They're all only spouting personal opinions. We've seen where listening to them has taken America over the last forty years, perhaps it's time to stop listening to them at all, and use a little common sense for a change.

      Most importantly, we've got to go back to the basics and teach our children as I've already written. Let's make the times we live in short term by addressing the root of the problem and killing it before it gathers steam. To create another group of assassins of children is the greatest sin mankind could achieve. It must stop now, which means we must start now. Otherwise, we'll only continue to reap what we sew.

      Thanks for commenting and your support! Greatly Appreciated!

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      Shauna L Bowling 4 years ago from Central Florida

      Rich, this is an awesome hub. I have raised my child to know God but to choose his own religion. I have raised him to respect others if he wants respect in return. Our world has many problems that we simply cannot fix. I am really over the top of hearing about the wrong doings in the world. Please don't get me wrong; I bleed for the world today. But all the news gives us is the atrocities mankind commits. Why don't we hear about the good that people do? They're out there, I know it!

      We are all part of the media. I would love for us to find good things to post and voice and share. The drudgery is becoming heavy to bear.

      What happened last Friday is an atrocity for sure. I don't know why it happened, except that the Christmas season seems to bring the destitute, lonely sad souls to committing the unspeakable. It happens every year in one way or another.

      Maybe we should start concentrating on the good in the world and let that voice permeate. That could be a fix in itself, don't you think?

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      Tammy 4 years ago from North Carolina

      This is excellent Richard. You have a very authoritive style for the serious. I agree with you, even on the gun control. I think because families have to focus on money and both parents have to work to survive, many family values are lost. In so many families, strangers raise the children in day cares and what not.

      I also think this problem is going to get worse and worse because of the media. There have been 62 mass killings since the 1980's. Lately, the killers have become infamous from their acts. Would be killers watch hours and hours of news coverage of these events and get inspired to do the same. I think that the media should back off a bit and as a nation, we need to find a way to mourn these losses without giving these killers such notariety. Those who watch must feel like that they too could gain so much power by doing the same thing. From the mass killer in Arizona, to the Colorado shooter, now this one.. SOMETHING is inspiring these whack jobs. You have really helped start some valuable conversation on this painful issue.

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      Rich 4 years ago from Kentucky

      Shauna -

      Really good of you to visit.

      I would love that ignoring the bad and only focusing in on the good would cure things. But, would it? Isn't that what's been really going on? We've been ignoring our children and the proper teachings, and only focusing in on the "entertainment" of the world. Why discuss right and wrong, or morality questions, or religion, when you find more fun and much simpler to engage yourself in watching some idiotic TV program? The focus of teaching doesn't have to be bad. I can't remember my parents ever forcing me to listen to them when they had a lesson to teach, or my grandparents. They simply started talking and planted seeds with every lesson they spoke. It wasn't focusing in on the bad, but giving me ammunition for later years when others offered short cuts, that usually weren't all that legal. It took something that so many use as an excuse for not having ... time. When you don't have time for your youngsters, you've got some pretty screwed up priorities in life. As far as the focus of newscasts, we all know their in ratings battles, so they sensationalize every chance they get to gather viewers. The intense music used in breaks and to intro news stories add even more emphasis to the intensity. At times, you wonder if you're watching the news, or an episode of Law & Order. That was one reason I used to do the newscast. I wanted to show exactly what was being said and taking place and demonstrate how ridiculous it was, as well as how ridiculous most of the viewers were in watching it! It was my efforts to cut through the junk and get to the basis of the story, of which many didn't even have a strong basis. They were being told only to create sensationalism, or, viewers. One of the prime examples of how the news has created a "hero", or "antihero" is Charles Mansion. Here's a man that didn't have any education to speak of, spent most of his life behind bars, and because a bunch of young kids believed in his bull and killed several people, has gained national attention for decades. His T-shirts are still being sold. Young people that weren't yet born when it happened know of him from the constant news shows and reports concerning him and his followers still behind bars, that are applying for parole. The news agencies are creating this type of "hero" and don't even realize that by doing so, are providing motivation for young people to follow in his footsteps. The youth don't see the jail, only the popularity factor. They do this same thing so often, there's no question the news definitely has an influence in bringing about these events. Yet, for them to agree would be detrimental to their reputations, and thus, will never happen. It's up to the parents to watch the news with their children and explain what it's actually saying, as well as how certain stories demonstrate someone that never was taught the dividing line between right and wrong. In fact, it could be a tremendous tool in helping the children understand what is and isn't acceptable. But, it's hard for some to pass up Honey Boo Boo and pull the kids away from the video games to watch a half hour of headline news together ... at least that's the excuse many will use. The best way to focus on the good is to reduce the bad, and that will only come through parents following through with their responsibilities, not new laws being sent through an already too huge government. But, those are just my thoughts. I'm like everyone ... I have my own opinion and don't claim it or I am perfect. : )

      I really appreciate your comments! Many Thanks!

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      Rich 4 years ago from Kentucky

      Tammy -

      Really good to see you!

      I'm sorry to come across so "authoritative." It's not my intent, only my fire burning inside because of where we're at as a society.

      I wish I'd have read your comment before answering the one right above it. I kind of went "long winded" in discussing some of the things you mention. We've almost made mass killing an event to be known for, I agree. In fact, a report the other day was mentioning that it's now becoming the thing to "one up" the previous tragedy to gain proper notoriety and attention. This simply shows how "whacked" we've allowed society to go. There are many families that have a working couple, and kids that have little supervision. That is why it's so important for any opportunity to be used to educate them. The excuse, "I don't have the time" simply means one of two things, 1) I've got other things I'd rather be doing, or 2) I never should have had kids to begin with. Teaching our youth doesn't have to be done in long drawn out sessions. Instead, utilize all opportunities to bring the family together and make comments during this time. Ask them questions as to what they think about certain news stories and go in depth when the answers sound wrong or confused. Not in a preaching or reprimanding style, but in a let me help you understand the big picture style. Kids see events and decide if they like or dislike. Seldom to they understand the cause and effect. Some of my most memorable lessons came while watching the funeral procession of JFK in the early 60's, and my father talking about what the event meant to his family, our government, and the world. I was able to understand why the killing of one man could be so wrong and affect so many.

      The newscasters have got to recognize what they're doing and change their style. Their argument will be "we report the news and what people want to know." Well, during the election campaign, they only reported the prepared statements provided them, so they don't report only the news, they report propaganda. I agree, they need to change. But, I'm not holding my breath.

      Really good of you to leave such great comments! Many Thanks!

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      Melissa Propp 4 years ago from Minnesota

      Every point you make is valid. Sad, but true. Not only can I not fathom such a thing happening, but the thought of speaking to my own children about it terrifies me. But, it needed to be addressed. I simply said it was a sick and horribly wrong thing to do. No excuses are acceptable--it was just pure evil.

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      Rich 4 years ago from Kentucky

      Melissa -

      Good to see you!

      That may be the purest answer they could have received. We've concerned ourselves so much in the "Whys", we've forgotten to emphasis the "right or wrongs." We've got to get back to the dividing line and stress the negatives of the wrongs. We all look for ways out of a situation, it has become human nature. We seek the gray areas to get by in, because our leaders in business and politics have shown us that is the way to proceed. They've done it for decades. Their leadership hasn't helped matters in the least, and they, too, need to accept partial responsibility for the state society is currently experiencing. Yet, they won't. They'll continue to manipulate the legal system in the same manner and continue to blame everything and everybody else, assuring they remain in the clear. Society has got to become more concerned about doing the right things, instead of getting away with doing the wrong, regardless the reason. If people get offended, so be it! The route we're traveling is far more dangerous than someone's feelings being hurt!

      I really appreciate your efforts and comments! Many Thanks!

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      Sharilee Swaity 4 years ago from Canada

      RC, I agree with you on here a thousand percent. Bravo for standing up and saying it how it is. This a powerful essay. First of all, we ARE letting t.v. and video games raise our kids. Video games, the Internet and t.v. do not teach manners, conversation or morals. They do teach you to turn the channel if you're bored, criticize everything, and shoot things for no reason.

      I agree that we are missing a strong sense of family, and it is devastating. The kids of divorce are missing, very often, their fathers. A normal male model. They are living in brokenness.

      Thank you, RC, for looking deeper, and telling it like it is. I wish I could have written this, and you have inspired me. Bless you.

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      Rich 4 years ago from Kentucky

      prairieprincess -

      Really good of you to visit!

      This is one topic that really gets to me. We've got to stop looking at the government for answers we have ourselves. This won't stop the current problems, but it will stop the future generation from being the same as ours. As a technological based society, we expect immediate fixes. Unfortunately, it's been proven that those never work. We must look for a long term solution that will attack the problem at the root. Funny thing is, it really isn't that much to ask. What's wrong with spending "quality" time helping a child to grow with direction, instead of via technology's route? If some parents would try it, instead of looking for excuses, they might find it even somewhat rewarding!

      Thanks so much for your comments and support! Greatly appreciated!

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      Debra Allen 4 years ago from West By God

      Oh yes the people must have their voices heard. Very good and to the many points you brought up. It is not the gun, but the person that pulls that trigger. For goodness sakes I don't have a problem with guns. I have a problem with the easy access people have of them and the amount of them they can get. Thanks for linking my hub with your and I will now do the same.

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      Rich 4 years ago from Kentucky

      Lady Guinevere -

      So good of you to visit!

      I cast aside all of the programmed answers to gun control, and simply say, "Society is the reason why we still need them." Our local news seems to have at least one home invasion reported a week. Older folks seem to now be targeted. To say, "It will never happen to me" is to be naive. I joined the military years ago to help protect the United States, and will continue to protect my wife and family in any manner I must. What is sad is that laws have never stopped a criminal that sought to commit a crime with a weapon. Two or three people with knives, forcing their way into your home can be just as deadly. Sometimes, a gun is the only safety one has. It is unfortunate that there is a need, but as long as there are violent criminals, it will exist. It's sad society has become this.

      Thanks so much for your support of this hub! Much appreciated!

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      Debra Allen 4 years ago from West By God

      People want to blame everyone and everything but the real cause....themselves and how our children are being raised. Seems they cannot step back and see all the the signs of the decisions they made regarding behavior in their own homes and into the social structures. When they are allowed to do anything they please as children....look at what that has fostered in today's society. Sad, very sad and it is their own faults.

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      Rich 4 years ago from Kentucky

      Lady Guinevere -

      I couldn't agree more! People are so wrapped up in the "me" society, which thinks itself completely perfect, that to accept responsibility is beyond their realm of comprehension. We've listened to the "experts" tell us for years how to raise our kids, and we can see how that's turned out. It's time to go back to basics, teach the division line between right from wrong, what morality actually means, bring some religious teachings back into the home, and say, "Goodbye" to the minority that seems to think they rule America.

      Many thanks!

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      Rolly A Chabot 4 years ago from Alberta Canada

      Hi RC...powerful and to the point and something we all need to pay attention too. The need is great.

      Reality TV teaches us to lie and to cheat to win. News focuses far to much on poor little Johnny and his broken life. It comes up with all the pat answers, the talking heads are like bobble heads riding on the dash of the car. As long as they have an audience or sense movement they will chime in with their opinions.

      Bring God into the home again is a great point but lets take it one step further and bring Him back into the school. If you object, well too bad. Welcome to our countries, your constitution as well as ours in Canada has given us all rights and freedoms that have been eroded and have been lost by special interest.

      Excellent hub and one I have appreciated...

      Hugs from Canada

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      Debra Allen 4 years ago from West By God

      Wait, wait, wait. In the Bible Jesus said that God is within us as is the laws and Jesus and Satan and evil and good and heaven and hell. How can you possibly put something into people that is already there. No Christianity is NOT the answer. It cause division and division cause war. God is in everyone---including those that murder or commit crimes.

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      Rich 4 years ago from Kentucky

      Rolly -

      Thanks so for visiting!

      I'm letting you take the heat for the "in the schools." I remember having to memorize passages to please our 3rd grade teacher, and they went on for days and days until each member of the class could recite them without error. We are a melting pot nation, and if we bring Christianity into the classrooms, we'll also have to bring many others only to be fair. I truly feel religion is the family's responsibility. If the family doesn't believe in a God, they still need to present the basic teachings to the youngsters. The stories the Bible and other religious books hold tell much of morality, and of acceptable rights and wrongs. The family has the right to decide how they believe, but none can deny the lessons if presented properly.

      I really appreciate your commenting! Many thanks!

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      Rich 4 years ago from Kentucky

      Lady Guinevere -

      I never said Christianity. As there are so many different religions in the world we live, I feel it is a person's right to believe as they choose. Even the atheist can choose not to believe. But, the value of the teachings of the stories the religious books hold, basic right and wrongs, morality, greed, vengeance and such are topics that can assist parents in getting points across. As we are to love our brothers and sisters, as we are all brothers and sisters, the love of mankind must be expressed instead of the hatred and wars you describe. There are so many outside influences, environmental conditioning can blur the lines once seen clearly. Children must be taught the division line, and reminded that it still exists, even though television shows otherwise. I agree, God is in everyone. Some just fail to recognize that and push him and his teachings aside when they don't like what they're hearing, or the restrictions they bring. There have been numerous wars caused, and blamed on religion of all types, or, even used religion as an excuse. But, when it boils down to it, they've really been in the name of man's desires for greed (wealth, power, control, land), lust (hatred, vengeance), and pride (ego, ego of faith). The Crusades were supposedly a war of religion, but they were nothing more than man's pride and greed going wild for greater power. To me, religion and guns are in the same "blame" category, as man can't accept his own failings and seeks a scapegoat. I've never seen a Bible or the Koran stand up and fight each other. It's always men that want something they have no business having. Just my two cents. That's why I say religion is a personal choice, most everyone has a different take on it than the next. The key is to accept each other as an individual, respect their views, and continue to believe in the faith the way that best takes care of your personal need. We all have to pay individually in the end, anyway.

      Many Thanks!

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      Debra Allen 4 years ago from West By God

      ..and those here that have commented about putting GOD back into the schools thinks that no one else can teach morals or ethics?

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      Rich 4 years ago from Kentucky

      Lady Guineve -

      I cannot comment for anyone but myself, and I'm sure you read my comment above where I'm not a proponent of doing that, only because I believe so strongly that religion is a personal choice. Judging from the state we're in, I'd say very few are making many attempts at it. I've listened to what teachers are saying, both on their blogs and in person. In fact, my cousin has been a teacher for over 30 years. She's so uptight now because of the laws regarding what you can and can't say, that she's afraid to vary much from the texts in her presentations. Many others have expressed similar feelings. Stick to the textbooks, and you're safe. State a personal opinion and you've either got parents demonstrating or school board members taking your job. I remember the teachers I enjoyed the most were the ones that made us think by asking controversial questions and starting discussions. From my understanding, that's no longer done because of the threat of lawsuit. It's a shame kids aren't taught to think for themselves, only learn as the government programs them to qualify for testing. It's a far cry from the days we were taught that "free thinking" would be the way of the future.

      Many thanks!

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      Debra Allen 4 years ago from West By God

      Religion is getting to be the same way--stick to what you are told and never read that book for yourself. You may find the truth in it and it will scare the pants off of us! Why is it so horrible a thought to ask questions and get straight answers and help one another? Why has the Village raising the children become so obsolete? Who is doing these things and why are they getting away with it? Do they have children who are making these laws? Are they just making up these things from some cubical in the middle of the office building where they can see anyone else or even outside and they talk to no one? We should get to the top of this somehow and very soon.

      Tonight i was talking with my husband as we were driving to the store and we wondered what would happen if all the children did not go to school for one week--in protest of course. I know that government runs the schools and they have set so many days that a child needs to be in them and how many hours and what they are to learn. I also know about truancy and how they tend to go after parents of those children who do not show up at school.......but what would/could they do to all of the parent's if all of the children didn't go to school for that one week? Something is going to change and it will be soon.

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      Rich 4 years ago from Kentucky

      Lady Guinevere -

      When people listen to man, instead of seeking the answers they need, they release themselves from the responsibilities of life, at least in their own minds. That is the basis of the political correct atmosphere we're experiencing. Blame someone else, blame inanimate objects, we are perfect, it can't be us. This is the direction we've been warned about in past such as George Orwell, Anthony Burgess, and Ray Bradbury (1984, A Clockwork Orange, Fahrenheit 451). Think only one way, all else is against the law. Dress in uniforms so you don't offend anyone. Prepared phraseology for communications, again, that don't offend. And, extreme violence, both from the criminals, as well as those who pursue them. How crazy we all thought they were when we read them, yet, how true they're becoming. It is a society that chastises individual thought (i.e. Huffpost comments sections) and can make the innocent guilty before proven to be. Bush's "No child be left behind" is a form of molding them into only knowing what the government feels is necessary, and will be testing their knowledge with. It has become a hindrance to teaching and renamed "No child gets ahead" by many. A herd of cattle need no thoughts, only directions. It is easier for the politicians to remain in power if the mind is molded into one that does not question authority, or the actions of. Mold them, herd them, and control them is their silent quest. It seems to be working, at least on many. In addition, keep the people down so only the silver spoon individuals stay in the elite, as big business and government seem to be conspiring to achieve. Eliminate the middle class, and the transition up the ladder is even more difficult to achieve. It is a policy of royalty and feudal serfs. And, if the weapons are taken away, it becomes so even more. That is the next item on the agenda ... just watch the next couple of months to see it blossom at the political levels. It's already started.

      If the children didn't go to school for one week, households would fall. So many are barely scraping by in this age that for one of the adults to stay at home and supervise the kids would be disaster for the household. How do you keep society too busy to protest? Keep them too busy just trying to stay alive in a cut throat society. Let us not be so naive as to not believe topics as these have not been discussed among those in control. Obama, the hero of the people, did away with any unemployment extensions starting January 1st. That means if you've used up 26 weeks of seeking employment and not found a position comparable to the one you lost, tough. Take two minimum wage jobs, work 80 hours a week, and still not make what you were making before. That's one way to get unemployment figures down and provide a false set of numbers to the American people. The economy's not getting better. It's just that the people have no choice but to work two jobs, twice as many hours, and still be frustrated. It's not a matter of what party is in office. They've both killed middle America in the last 20 years with their foreign trade policies and domestic fiascoes. It's definitely a class against class war, and the middle class has already lost.

      With the political and business agendas in place, I don't see change occurring in the near future, by any means. That's why it's so important to take the time with the children, give them all the education in the basics, as well as "individual thinking" arena. We've got to get them ready to recognize the molding process and be ready to ascend above it. Again, just my thoughts.

      Many Thanks!

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      Debra Allen 4 years ago from West By God

      Wow, you stand on that podium and shout your words, only very sad to say only a few will listen. In today's society I do see a lot of Orwellian and also beginning to see some Logan's Run too and some Brave New World. Star Trek TNG comes to mind with the BORG..we must all do as they do and if we don't then they try even harder to keep you. That sounds like a Cult to me. It was in the sense of religion that they expounded on that BORG mentality. 1 of 7 and in small groups that were raised up with bigger groups driven by a single person and in the show it was a woman. I thought that odd but after I did some research on the church and why they took woman out of the bible and from her place, I see why.

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      Rich 4 years ago from Kentucky

      Lady Guinevere -

      Sorry, I'm just like the frustrated masses that want change, and know those in control won't allow it. I'll get off the soapbox now. lol The link will stay as long as HP's will allow it.

      Many thanks!

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      Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Wow, well said! I like your serious side! I like what the HOW groups is doing, spreading the word about things that need to be said, things that need to be done. I haven't written such a hub yet but plan to. Bless you, crumple.

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      Rich 4 years ago from Kentucky

      VL -

      Good to see you!

      I try to be well rounded, but I don't let it out too often as it will destroy my reputation. lol When I was doing my newscast, I was trying to get much of this across with the lunacy presented. Some saw it, others just saw a hillbilly newscaster. As the election was drawing closer, I found myself beginning to get a little cynical in the messages, which I decided wasn't going to be good for anyone. So, that, and a few more reasons forced me to reconsider doing it any longer. My daughter tells me I get too involved when topics like this come around. I simply have to retort the fact that it's better than sitting in silence.

      Thanks for the kind words and support. Greatly appreciated!

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      Debra Allen 4 years ago from West By God

      Question: Where the ads on this hub disabled within the last 24 hours? Mine were on my hub. Funny thing that it passed the 24 hour notice if they accepted it and allowed ads on it and then they removed them.

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      Debra Allen 4 years ago from West By God

      tHE ANSWER THEY GAVE, TRUE CENSORSHIP: Hello Debbie,

      This hub contains content about violence against children, a topic that is too sensitive for advertisers. We want hubs that are well-written and important to remain published, even if they cover topics that are too sensitive to be advertiser-friendly. Therefore, your hub will remain published, your HubScore will not be impacted, and you may use Amazon capsules.

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      Rich 4 years ago from Kentucky

      Lady Guinevere -

      No. I knew this hub wouldn't meet HP's standards, so I published it with no advertising. I run into their moderation before and didn't want to chance it here. I could go into much discussion on it, but I've decided just to roll with the punches and keep it from happening by not publishing with advertising at times.

      Many Thanks!

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      Debra Allen 4 years ago from West By God

      Thanks, I didn't even think about changing the advert status. It seems they want to stuff all this under the rug. I don't like that and neither should HP. So I will go change that right now even if they disabled them first.

      Thanks and won't continue this thread.

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      Rosemary Sadler 4 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

      Bravo You get a standing ovation from me for this 'rant' Everything you have said is true, it all begins at home so lets get back to basics.

      I am sharing this and voting up all the way

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      Rich 4 years ago from Kentucky

      Rosemay50 -

      So good of you to visit!

      The answer is so obvious, yet so denied by those who wish to blame shift. It tends to become a habit. Sometimes, aiming the words at others can be just as dangerous to society, as we set the direction of the future.

      Thank you so for commenting! Your support is greatly appreciated!

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      Rosyel Sawali 4 years ago from Manila, Philippines

      Hello Rich,

      Thanks for writing such an awesome piece. I do agree with what you've shared here. I echo the same sentiments though I probably won't be able to put it well together like you did. Time flies by so fast. There are so many changes happening all over. Yet we sometimes forget to go back to the basics. We probably don't need much of the technological advancement that we now enjoy if we can't have a decent society. I've shared this so many more will get to read it! ^_^

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      Rich 4 years ago from Kentucky

      Rosyel -

      So good of you to visit this piece.

      The funny thing is that people are allowing themselves to become convicted for crimes because of the technology they've grown to cherish. Cell phone locations and call reports, along with security cam videos, have convicted so many people it's ridiculous, but they still can't understand that Big Brother has access to such things. So, in essence, their "new parents" are turning them in to the authorities! Sounds like a great family, doesn't it?

      We're allowing ourselves to become a world ruled by injustices and technology, simply because we continue to blame everything but ourselves. To change the result, the root problem must be tackled. Yet, man constantly seeks to find excuses for their own failings. As long as this continues, and the "me" is more important than the "we", life will continue as is ... on the decline.

      Thanks for stopping in and commenting! Always appreciate it!

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      Girish puri 4 years ago from NCR , INDIA

      It's time to change, God bless and a very happy and blessed new year 2013.

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      Larry Wall 4 years ago

      rcrump:

      I have been away from the Hub for awhile because of the weird hours of my part time job. I came across your Hub and as others have said you are right on every count. I have made similar observations, but in less detail. I turn to the decade of the 60s. That was a turning point in our society where young people stopped listening to elders, who then had and raise children who had no idea of respect or morality or responsibility. Add all the political tensions of the Civil Rights movement, the college riots, Vietnam, the assassination of John and Robert Kennedy and Dr. Martin Luther King, the Nixon Watergate scandal and the list goes on and on. Certainly, we have issues today, but we are dealing with a generation or two that did not get the moral and responsibility compass properly oriented, and the result is the chaos we face today. I commend you for an excellent Hub and for attracting so many comments. I have to admit I did not read everyone, so I may be repeating the views already voiced by someone else. If I am, I extend my apologies to you and the other Hubber, it was certainly not my intention to use the thoughts of other people. Great job. I voted this up and interesting.

      Larry

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      Rich 4 years ago from Kentucky

      Giri -

      Thank you for visiting here!

      It is indeed time for a change. The world over is experiencing more violence than ever before, as concern over the value of human life seems to be dwindling daily. We've got to get back to the basics.

      I greatly appreciate you taking the time to comment here. Many thanks!

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      Rich 4 years ago from Kentucky

      Larry -

      Good to see you my friend.

      I, too, have not been as active here because of an operation on my eyes. I'm still at only about 25% of what I was. You really don't know how much I hate to say this, but I'm going to go back to the age of television. Suddenly, there was a new form of entertainment that intruded upon family time and the conversations of the past. It showed truths that proved we'd been lied to many times, and made fools of those who believed in country and politicians. All of the items you mention shined in a light on television, while before, had only been passing comments about "some other place." I think the youth of that day were disappointed that their parents believed in the lies and sought out truths. Unfortunately, television also provided a spotlight for the shaman of the day to spout philosophies as truths, instead of the unproven theories they truly were. The youth was open to listening to all and gaining knowledge to do things right. Yet, the rights weren't always as right as presented. Still, the basics were taught for many years, until two income necessities for a household, and basic moralities involving "children raising children" became the norm. That's when the majority of the problems truly occurred. Problem now is that the basics are no longer basics and many parents have no idea how to even begin teaching what they were never taught ... or practiced!

      Thanks again for stopping in, sir! Greatly appreciated!

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      Debra Allen 4 years ago from West By God

      It was the age in which women had to go out and get jobs for the first time because their husbands had to go to war. Today they CHOOSE to go to war, but then they had the draft and didn't have a choice. Mother's left their homes and others had to care for their children. Now when we ant to stay at home we get flack for it.

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      Rich 4 years ago from Kentucky

      LG -

      Good to see you again.

      It was also the age of women's lib, in which women declared themselves to be a viable part of the workforce. In their quest for equality, they found themselves no longer able to raise their own young, and sent them to daycare centers for the first time. 30 kids and two center workers do not allow for good lessons to be taught anywhere as close as the 1 to 1, or 1 to 2 ratios that had been previously the norm. Back then, the National Guard was strictly for protecting the shores of America (or, shooting college kids at Kent State). In fact, many escaped fighting in Vietnam by joining it. Today, it is a viable part of the Army's overseas contingent of fighting me. They sneaked that one in, too!

      Let's look at one more thing that started in the 60's. Kmart became the first major national discount store of sorts (at least in my part of the country), that led the way for Walmart to become the American way of life. Prior to that, most of the stores were local affairs, and so we lived with the idea we didn't need everything in the store to live. Now, the philosophy is to get as much as possible from the stores, even if you have to go in debt to own it! No one seems satisfied anymore as they're barraged with commercial after commercial telling them what they need. In fact, infomercials have become a way of life, as have the Home Shopping networks. We've found Amazon.com to be a way to sit on our butts at home and spend money, which makes it even tougher for some to refuse. Sprint even allows you one free upgrade per year, just to keep your business, as well as tempt you with phones that aren't the free upgrades. We really need to get back to the basics in so many areas it's ridiculous! So much so, I simply don't see it happening.

      Thanks for commenting!

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      Michael Gill 4 years ago from Philadelphia, PA

      Richard great hub, and comments section. I agree with everything you said, but I think the first step to getting people back to personal responsibility is to eliminate, or at least severely down size our out of control nanny state government, as well as the twisted agenda driven media. I think it is very possible for us to do, but the first thing people have to try and remember is that we do hold all of the power, and stop letting those who want to be "taken care of" dictate the type of society we live in. Great job thanks for this bit of sanity, you made my day.

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      Rich 4 years ago from Kentucky

      Mike -

      So good to see you here, sir!

      I agree, the government has got much too huge. Society has constantly shifted personal responsibility and blame to the government, so they've happily accepted more and more of that power. It's time for states and communities to take care of their own. Yet, to do so, they've got to have the abilities to do so. With all the "traitor" companies moving out of country, and leaving many communities without major income means, this is a tough road to navigate. There is a fine line between those that use government assistance as a standard income, and those that have been caught in the melee of jobs lost in the area in which they reside. The government would love for you to believe there are many high paying jobs available. That is simply not the case, especially with the age discrimination taking place by companies and recruiters these days. No, they can't ask date of birth, but the do ask for dates of education on applications, including years graduated from high school, college, etc. They also ask for dates of military service. You don't have to be a genius to see the discrimination tactics in action. We are in tough times across the board. Personal responsibility must be at the forefront of change, and then government and business must find that the unacceptable practices of power and greed they've grown to cherish are simply not good for anyone's future.

      Thanks so much for your kind comments! Greatly appreciated!

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      Shining Irish Eyes 4 years ago from Upstate, New York

      I couldn't agree more. I recently left a message on one of Billy's hubs stating that I am tired of hearing the excuses. We are all to blame for the state of affairs this society has become. No more family structure. What happened to sitting down at the table at dinner time WITHOUT the tv or radio on. Some of my favorite times are at the dinner table and each of my grown siblings practices this same routine. I also don't care what your religious belief is as long as you have one. GO BACK TO CHURCH! Start taking those vows of marriage and family seriously. We, as a society now take the easy way out with divorce. My parents generation worked at it and didn't grab the first opportunity to cut and run.

      I am also going to add what I did on Billy's Hub. Do you think for one minute I or any of my siblings or friends could have amassed the arsenal of weapons the Columbine shooters had in their bedrooms? My parents raised us that their house was their environment and that included our bedrooms. Not only would they have found it, we wouldn't have thought to DO it! We learned in Church, in school and in the almost obsolete family environment what was wrong and what was right and we took it seriously.

      My nephew didn't even know what the Pledge of Allegiance was! They no longer practice this in his school. Yet, the endless violent video games are acceptable?

      Sorry for the rant. I completely agree with your important hub and I am sharing it and voting it up.

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      Madeleine Salin 4 years ago from Finland

      Good hub! You gave me some things to think about. I agree, children should spend less time playing computer games and more time with their parents.

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      Rich 4 years ago from Kentucky

      Beckie -

      Thanks for stopping by.

      I couldn't agree more. Somewhere along the way, kids have got the idea that their room is off limits to their parents, and parents allow it. It's time for the adults to act as such and recognize they have responsibilities as a parent. I understand many schools did away with the Pledge after the "under God" part was disputed. It's scary how we're letting the minority rule, instead of the majority in today's world.

      Thanks so much for commenting and all. Greatly appreciated!

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      Rich 4 years ago from Kentucky

      Madeleine -

      Really good of you to visit!

      Parents and children need to communicate, that's a given. It's hard to do when every comment is met as an interruption to the entertainment of the moment, be it video games, social networking, or television. It's time for parents to meet their children again. They might be surprised at what they find.

      Really appreciate the comments! Many thanks!

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      ignugent17 4 years ago

      You are so right Rich. This hub is really wonderful and it is really sad to see the things around the world. People don't know whom to listen and whom to follow. It becomes very confusing.

      I do hope many people will be able to read this hub.

      Have a great day!

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      Shauna L Bowling 4 years ago from Central Florida

      Rich, that is exactly how I've raised my son: knowing right from wrong, good from bad and accountability for your actions. I don't watch the news, so I won't sit down and suggest my son watch it. He doesn't. He's not swayed by the sensationalism the media puts on wrongdoings.

      We concentrate on nurturing our souls and doing the right thing. My son is very active in donating his time to the community and being a shoulder for his peers who feel distraught. He's talked several people out of suicide.

      Those are the kinds of stories I wish the media would bring forward. Monkey see, monkey do. You're absolutely right about that. But there are peaceful monkeys on this earth and that's what the world should see. The good in the world should be put in the forefront as role models, not the pieces of scum that have inititated the need for this conversation to begin with!

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      Eric Dierker 4 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Bravewarrior, Our sons should meet. "and they gathered and one sister tended to his needs while the other prepared for the world" There are many fantastic great sons out there. Rich is one. Let the world know their Love.

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      James A Watkins 4 years ago from Chicago

      Thank you for publishing this tremendous article. I agree with you about the symptoms, the underlying illness, and the solutions. Well said!

      I feel that a Satanic darkness is spreading across our land. Our land was the most Christian land in the world in 1963 and so the Devil has a lot of havoc to wreak as revenge now that we have largely discarded God. I am afraid that we as a nation are on the road to perdition. What an incredible tragedy this is, historically. For a brief moment, there was a shining city on a hill. It was torn down from within.

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      Rich 4 years ago from Kentucky

      Meldz -

      Thanks so for your comment and support.

      If people had the guidance they had needed during their youth, perhaps they wouldn't be so "lost" in this day and age. When parents fail to teach their young a direction, floundering becomes habitual. I agree, it is indeed a sad situation.

      I really appreciate your comments. Many Thanks!

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      Rich 4 years ago from Kentucky

      Shauna -

      So good of you to stop in.

      Unfortunately, the media is more interested in making money from advertising that in presenting the news in an honest manner. Sensationalism rules in this day and age. That was the meaning behind my newscast of the past. Americans are more concerned with seeking out the latest gossip columns than in observing the atrocities of government and society that are transpiring. "Keep them stupid as they are easier to herd" is the philosophy ... and it seems to be working. Don't expect it to change as most don't have time to observe the reality. They're too busy complaining about a sportscaster's praise of a beautiful young woman, or finding out what the latest "skinny" is on linking diet soda to depression. Sad, but true, as the public has become ignorant in the realm of common sense.

      Thanks so much for your comments. Much appreciated!

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      Rich 4 years ago from Kentucky

      Eric -

      I'm not worthy of your words, my friend.

      I simply see what many do. Yet, since we don't have the audience of a pop star and such, whisper our voices to deaf ears. If man could only find compassion and common sense in life, the world would be a much better place to reside.

      Appreciate the support, Eric. Many Thanks!

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      Rich 4 years ago from Kentucky

      James -

      I appreciate your kind words, sir.

      Paul Harvey once did a broadcast in which he stated the pathways that Satan could rule the world. I don't know if they were observations or simply guesses, but his path has followed our of recent decades.

      I don't know if Satan is as much to blame as the stupidity of mankind. We are the only beast to develop new weapons to kill each other better. We fail to see the obvious, and seek excuses for what common sense provides answers. Blaming others is a way of life, as personal accountability has left the room. Animals of far lesser intellect nurture and teach their young the route of survival, and humans now leave it up to television, video games, and computers. In seeking pleasure, we have failed to raise the youth with the basic understanding needed, and put way too much faith in those "mindhealers" that practice theory, technology that knows no common decency, and business philosophy that resembles a marching horde of army ants, destroying everything in its path. In seeking enjoyment, we have created a complete lack of social understanding and harmony, allowing monsters to multiply with validations. Horror has become our daily entertainment as the news agencies continue their path of sensationalism for ratings points. Whatever God one believes in, you can only imagine them sitting above, watching what is happening, and only shaking their heads in disgust at what we've become.

      Many thanks for your comments! Greatly appreciated!

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      Ishwaryaa Dhandapani 4 years ago from Chennai, India

      A thought-provoking hub, clearly echoing your strong views about the importance of parental guidance and teaching children about what is right and what is wrong and all. Well-done!

      Thanks for SHARING. Useful & Awesome. Voted up & shared on Facebook

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      Rich 4 years ago from Kentucky

      ishwaryaa22 -

      So good of you to visit!

      As I've stated many times, children are not only our future, but our responsibility. They've got to be taught the basics if we expect anything better of them than we've found in ourselves. Instead of kids growing up filled with anger and hating their parents, proper care and attention should reap love and compassion as an end result. Even taking a little time and playing a board game with a child can give them insight and direction. It's simply a matter of shutting down the entertainment of technology and getting back to the entertainment of family togetherness.

      Thanks for you support and comments! Greatly appreciated!

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      Rema T V 4 years ago from Chennai, India

      Hi Richard,

      I completely agree with what you have said here. If there was good guidance from the parents, so much of abuse and killings would never take place. We are definitely responsible for our children's actions. If only people followed all the great advice you have given in this hub, I am sure this world would become much better and livable. Thanks for the knowledge. Sharing it across. Cheers, Rema.

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      Rich 4 years ago from Kentucky

      Rema -

      So very good to see you!

      We have misplaced our responsibilities, for sure. Instead of seeing the most important things in our lives as our children, they have been replaced with material greed, produced and moronic entertainment, and a feeling that "escape from reality" is a necessity. The loss of a child is tremendous and brings out much emotion. Why do we have to wait until it happens to demonstrate the love we have in our hearts? Or, in witnessing some of the anger displayed, is it really love, or just an anger that something of ours was taken without permission? How many parents really love their children in this day and age? They cast them aside, make little to no time for them, expect them to take orders as a dog would, and demonstrate no example worth following. Would love allow this to take place? There will never be a perfect world, country, city, or household, but that doesn't mean we scrap the basics and give up.

      Thanks so much for your support and sharing! It is greatly appreciated!

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      Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

      Bravo my dearest friend, RC!!!

      Right now, my heart is just beaming with so much love for you after reading this hub of pure truth no doubt! I agree 100% with every word.

      Yes, what happened to the family who prays together, stays together, and love of country, love of God!!!

      Evil is in the hearts of men. However, God can change the hearts of men.

      God bless you for writing this profound hub and thank you from the bottom of my heart. You amaze me.

      Voted way up to the heavens +++ and sharing

      In His Love Always, Faith Reaper

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      Rich 4 years ago from Kentucky

      Faith Reaper -

      It really is so good to see you!

      I'm so tired of blame shifters. God put the apple in the garden to tempt, and man made the decision to eat of the forbidden fruit. The fruit on the vine hurt no one until "Mankind" made the decision to use it. That is the same I feel of all weapons. To put the blame on them is to shift responsibility and make excuses. If a person cannot accept responsibility for their actions, or, the actions of those their actions have wrongly affected, then they are only a waste to mankind.

      We've done so little with the knowledge we've gained. Instead of raising our children correctly, we've listened to those that believe in theory, and have seen the results it has rendered. We've sought enjoyment in "things" instead of "family", and again, see what it has wrought. We've allowed the self centered minorities to ruin the democratic system that states the majority rules by allowing a legal system to exist that disregards the Constitution. We've taken God's gift of a beautiful world and worked to ruin it by wasting its resources and giving nothing back. And, we're doing nothing about it.

      We've got to make change occur. It won't do it on its own, and the government is not going to do anything about it, as its members are only concerned with personal gain. It is time for the people to raise their voices in multitudes and voice reality, instead of the propaganda we hear daily by the sensationalized news agencies.

      When God is banished by government, as is occurring daily, he can only look down in disgust. When God see's the children being ignored, he can only weep in sadness. When God see's man refusing to own up to his own actions, he can only wonder, "Do they deserve to live?" Many of us feel as he does.

      Thanks for the kind words, TD. God Bless!

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      Ireno Alcala 4 years ago from Bicol, Philippines

      God knows everything we're doing these days. We should be grateful we still live. But let us not worry, a promise of New Heaven and New Earth will happen.

      In this lieu, we must always base our thoughts, words and deeds from the Bible, we will never make mistakes in our lives.

      A very good read, Sir Rich! Thanks for always sharing your unique way of writing. :)

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      Debra Allen 4 years ago from West By God

      Here is the one that Hubpages took the ads off and said that it was violence against children and unpublished it.

      http://www.zujava.com/children-they-are-our-future

      I now have a set of articles that are in this series on there.

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      Rich 4 years ago from Kentucky

      Ireno -

      I wrote a poem once (I think HP's is hiding it now) asking God "How long will you stay." Much of what you've expressed duplicates what I tried to say. I appreciate your support here.

      Many Thanks!

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      Rich 4 years ago from Kentucky

      No excuses, but I've started working again and my time on HP's is very little. 12 hour days simply don't allow one the luxury they wish. I'll do my best to get to your hubs as soon as I can! The link will stay unless HP's takes it down. Many thanks!

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      Audrey Hunt 4 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      A magnificent and powerful hub! Blaming others for conditions, etc. appears to be the thing to do. What happened to accepting responsibility? The family is the foundation for the future and yet many parents turn their children over to television with no restriction. They fail to listen - really listen to what their children are saying. Don't get me started on this :) Parents blame society, teachers, everyone but themselves for the behavior of their children.

      I love, love, love this hub and agree with you 100 %.

      Voted up, across and sharing all over the place...you are the best!

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