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The Deterioration of Our World Continues: Discussing Mass Killings In America and The World

Updated on August 2, 2018
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Missy is a unique writer who enjoys inviting her readers into her thoughts through her poetry and other topics of discussion.  


Will Life Ever Feel Free Again?

As I continue to voice my opinion for gun laws here in America, the recent Nice, France incident reminds me, yet again, of how the whole world is suffering from senseless and fatal attacks. It wasn’t a gun attack, but I cannot hardly breathe from all the mass killings, not only in America where I live, but in other countries as well. How do we stop this cycle of violence? Is there even a way to do so? These are the questions I now ponder, at this very moment, after total exhaustion from fighting, and hoping to wake up the world. I don’t want to give in, but now I feel maybe; I'll have no choice. Perhaps, it is the fate of us to become a world full of war. Could everyone who has fought with me on my reasons actually be right in saying nothing is going to change no matter what we put into action? I am so depressed, and I have been depressed for quite a while now. I wonder if there will ever come a time again where I can wake up to feel happy just to go through a normal day?

Are We The Blame For Making It Worse? Social Media and Our Part In Making Violence A Celebrity

I’ve never been one to watch the news. I stopped that nonsense long ago when we would more than likely see only destruction and killings in our own cities. I couldn’t even watch that, it depressed me so much. I did not want to know about it. Therefore, that way, I could get up, and do my ordinary routine of living knowing none the better or worse from what I didn’t allow myself to see; however, being quite normal in a contentment to go through my days.

Is social media the culprit of getting these types of things out there to the world way more than they used to be? I think it is. I think that along with the ability to catch our own versions of things if we are actually in the vicinity to do so with our smartphones in hand, we, the people, with these little gadgets are inevitably how it all lands on a social platform which we have joined to stay connected around the world. My question is this; why can’t it be just for that? Connections? Is it not great to connect with the world and make friends and learn about one another in a good way? That’s what I signed up for when joining Facebook, Twitter, and even writing here on Hubpages. I wanted connection. I wanted to feel that the world was coming together not splitting further apart. I cannot fathom why people use it for five minutes of fame at the cost of innocent lives. Why??? And isn’t that what a lot of these killers are doing?? It isn’t religion based. It has nothing to do with a cause. It has everything to do with wanting power and fame and realizing just how easy that is to obtain these days. Well, fame figuratively speaking, not being true in what we would define as fame. Nevertheless, I don't think that these bad people care how it comes, just if they get noticed even after death. Which is strange when you think about it.


It All Boils Down To HATRED In My Eyes

The profiles of the ones that do such horrible things are somewhat similar. Let’s start with ISIS. There is no purpose. The only thing I see, is an infestation of HATE for Americans for whatever insane reason they have. Their fight is for… and I’m sorry, but I’m stumped, because, why are they killing so senseless? When we examine what they say it is all BS. It never makes much sense does it? I know plenty of Muslims, and I have talked with them on this very topic, and they agree with the rest of the world in not understanding the whole point. Nothing this terrorist group does is in the name of the prophet Muhammad, or stated in the Qur'an. It’s just not! So, what is it? Is it to feel that they are going to rule the world one day? As comic book villainous as that sounds, I believe that is all it is. As like with the other killings, all the killers are of different race, religion, but with the knowledge of how fast they can make a media frenzy. When we examine the background of the lives of these people, we find very unstable people; outcasts, and loners who couldn’t handle to be outcasts and loners, and their hate for it festered to the point of what they finally did in retaliation for their own mental troubles. I don’t understand this. I too am an outcast, a loner if you will, but why is it, I never had a thought of making someone pay for that. Oh yeah, because I know it is up to me to change that if I don’t like it. You know, a maturity that was somehow manifested as I grew older.

A Must See Video. Is It Quran or Bible...

I would like to say that we all know that ISIS is stemmed from many countries as well. The recruits come all the way from here in America to Australia, and many other places around our globe. It is said to have been started because of the madness the US and Iraq war left. Does it still make any sense though? I just read an article that attempted to outline how it all began and the reason. It is the most confusing thing I have ever read, and it makes no sense. The article, to me, comes down to HATRED again; someone stirring up the hate pot and going out and finding mentally unstable recruits that are crazy enough to believe a made-up cause this group speaks of.

Wikipedia Facts;

The group has been designated a terrorist organisation by the United Nations, the European Union and its member states, the United States, Russia, India,Indonesia, Israel, Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Iran and other countries. Over 60 countries are directly or indirectly waging war against ISIL. Adept at social media, ISIL is widely known for its videos of beheadings of both soldiers and civilians, including journalists and aid workers, and its destruction of cultural heritage sites.

The United Nations holds ISIL responsible for human rights abuses and war crimes, and Amnesty International has charged the group withethnic cleansing on a "historic scale" in northern Iraq. Around the world, Islamic religious leaders have overwhelmingly condemned ISIL's ideology and actions, arguing that the group has strayed from the path of true Islam and that its actions do not reflect the religion's real teachings or virtues

The Aurora killer had a mental fantasy about the Joker in the Batman movie, which proves my comic book villainous theory if you think about it. The Newtown killer, I think, just simply was tired of being locked up in a house with what also seemed like an unstable controlling parent. That’s what I gather from all the reports, but we will never really know for sure, except he was mentally unstable. In all these cases, that is a correct assessment to all. Obviously, they were mentally unstable for whatever reason.

The Orlando shooter holds the same type of profile, and the South Carolina church killer who targeted black people; HATRED for a race, but why? However, it still comes down to all being mentally unstable and in turn, growing a tremendous HATRED inside for their own lack of ability to control it. How do we solve this?

A Poem By A 14 Year Old Kid That Brings Hatred Into Focus In A Brilliant Way. BRAVO!

The Sad Truth, But Still A Hopeful Endeavor...

The truth is, we can’t solve the issue of all mentally unstable people in this world. Going back to the recent incident in Nice, nobody could have determined the way he would kill, so I do understand when people come at me with things like; you could kill someone with other weapons than just a gun. A knife, a fist, and as we saw in this instant a moving type of truck. I know this. We all know these things could happen like this, but guns…guns are the most prevalent cause of murder. And maybe we can’t stop all of these killings, but what if we could put a stop to a great deal of them? Aren’t some lives saved better than a continuous amount of lives lost?

We have to come to an agreement on this. It is a fact we all see here. However, it is guns that most of these unstable people obtain to do their dirty work. It’s kind of, to me, a coward’s way of killing. They know it will most likely kill their victims. The odd of that is tremendously better for extreme killings than someone bringing in a knife. I mean how would that play out in their fantasy of mass destruction? Besides that, they know they will probably not make it out of these scenarios alive themselves, so the powerful gun will also take care of their fate, whether it be by their personal hand or the authorities. That weapon just is the way to go for most psychos who are out for blood, for their own revenge against the world.

I'm Tired of This Violence Effecting My Personal Path Through Life and I'm Tired of Violence Taking Other Lives Away

Finally, I just want to stop discussing these types of issues. I want to go back to write about my happy and sometimes sad life with my prose and poetry. However, it has taken a backseat because, I cannot seem to concentrate simply on myself and what I want to express. Which is sad, because it’s my own way of keeping myself focused on life and how my trials and tribulations through my life have taught me amazing things about myself and how to perceive the world. Things that I can love instead of resent about them. If only the ones out there in the world could find a great way to channel their private sadness or insecurity with something they love.

I have learned many things since I have started writing more and more through the years, and yes, most of it is my own self-examination into my past, present, and future, but can you believe that I actually see my worth now. I mean, everyone else may not see it, and that’s alright. I see it, and that’s what matters. I also see the value in others, through the hardships and judgements which I have endured. I relate to others in so many ways. And as I get down sometimes, I welcome that sadness, and I write about it, and then I learn from it.

Today, I am going to pray, like I have every day since all this violence has started. I am going to pray and have faith that the people who have issues of being misfits, or are just lonely, or have some kind of problem which may drive them to do such crazy and hurtful things to others, find a way to move forward without the type of violence that shatters lives. Not only do they take loved ones away from their families; those families have to continuously wake up every day now and know that their child, mother, father, husband, or wife, was taken in such a violent and senseless manner. How will they ever get closure that way?

The Wise Words of Charlie Chaplin and A Thought For All The Ones Who Think Violence Is The Way To Bury Their Insecurities

I'm going to end my discussion here with a poem from Charlie Chaplin. It is about growing and learning through our own experiences; whether they were hurtful experiences or good experiences. Everything is normal if we learn to grow with every aspect of our own life. No judgments, hate, violence, or blame to anyone else. It can be a beautiful thing and a wonderful journey.


Incredible Poem Written By Charlie Chaplin

As I began to love myself I found that anguish and emotional suffering are only warning signs that I was living against my own truth. Today, I know, this is “AUTHENTICITY”.

As I began to love myself I understood how much it can offend somebody if I try to force my desires on this person, even though I knew the time was not right and the person was not ready for it, and even though this person was me. Today I call it “RESPECT”.

As I began to love myself I stopped craving for a different life, and I could see that everything that surrounded me was inviting me to grow. Today I call it “MATURITY”.

As I began to love myself I understood that at any circumstance, I am in the right place at the right time, and everything happens at the exactly right moment. So I could be calm. Today I call it “SELF-CONFIDENCE”.

As I began to love myself I quit stealing my own time, and I stopped designing huge projects for the future. Today, I only do what brings me joy and happiness, things I love to do and that make my heart cheer, and I do them in my own way and in my own rhythm. Today I call it “SIMPLICITY”.

As I began to love myself I freed myself of anything that is no good for my health – food, people, things, situations, and everything that drew me down and away from myself. At first I called this attitude a healthy egoism. Today I know it is “LOVE OF ONESELF”.

As I began to love myself I quit trying to always be right, and ever since I was wrong less of the time. Today I discovered that is “MODESTY”.

As I began to love myself I refused to go on living in the past and worrying about the future. Now, I only live for the moment, where everything is happening. Today I live each day, day by day, and I call it “FULFILLMENT”.

As I began to love myself I recognized that my mind can disturb me and it can make me sick. But as I connected it to my heart, my mind became a valuable ally. Today I call this connection “WISDOM OF THE HEART”.

We no longer need to fear arguments, confrontations or any kind of problems with ourselves or others. Even stars collide, and out of their crashing new worlds are born. Today I know “THAT IS LIFE”!

Charlie and Gandhi


Everybody Get Together Try To Love One Another Right Now...

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    • Missy Smith profile imageAUTHOR

      Missy Smith 

      4 years ago from Florida

      Yes, television watching is really rare for me to do these days. I have them here in the house, but I do not have a chance to watch, and don't watch much even when there is a chance to do so.

      Thanks Deb! :)

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      Deb Hirt 

      4 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Don't apologize to me, be yourself. I haven't had a TV in my house since I moved to this particular house five years ago. It hasn't hurt my well being a bit, as I have plenty of things to fill my hours.

    • Missy Smith profile imageAUTHOR

      Missy Smith 

      4 years ago from Florida

      Hey Deb, I truly hope my day of peace is coming. I'm certainly tired of all this stuff going on in the world. I don't stay online as much as I used to, and I don't watch television hardly ever. When I do get on, this is all I see; killings and elections. I want to write only my inner personal poetry again, but my mind is off to a different type of worry right now. I apologize if it is aggravating to some.

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      Deb Hirt 

      4 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Indeed, we are in an extreme state of chaos. For the wise ones that have stated what we must do, it boils down to US, as individuals. Things will calm down to some degree as world news calms down, as well as negative offerings of leaders.

      It is best to control what you can in your own life in order to be happy. You ARE a good and likable person, and your day is coming to be at peace.

      We cannot cure instability, but it is up to leadership to control the forces that are used in the violence in which you have alluded. It all has to do with control and manipulation, and as soon as the general populace stops being sheep, the light will come to the forefront. As individuals we can create change, but we must move forward and stop waiting. With inaction, there is no momentum.

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      Missy Smith 

      5 years ago from Florida

      Hehe...Not to worry, Frank, my words of expression can only be used in hopes of opening eyes and hearts to the problems of the world. It is only hate that takes victims. It all makes me very sad.

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      Frank Atanacio 

      5 years ago from Shelton

      Missy I share your passion your hubs of late are fully charged.. maybe I'll stand out of your way..LOL

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      Missy Smith 

      5 years ago from Florida

      Hi Hari,

      I think the last article I wrote was more on a political platform. This one was more about examining the reason violent actions take the minds of the ones who kill. It's an obvious topic after what just happened in Nice.

      This, I hope, will be my last discussion for a while on any subject to do with the happenings of this world in a political or violent way.

      I do understand that it brings counter arguments most of the time. Therefore, I'm not too surprised by those who comment their own argument here. I do wish it would bring more understandings, because that is what I feel I focus on more than political propaganda. Even so, I do get that some will not see it that way, and I'm alright with that. I hope some do get my point though.

      Things that weigh greatly on my mind, I have to express, and my way to do this is to write them out. I get that it may aggravate others because of a lack of realization to my purpose, but I will just have to contend with those people. I do explain quite often that this is how I write and what I write for. I'm not privy to please everyone. I'm merely here to try to reach a few. That is all... :) Thanks for the read and comment. ~Missy

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      Hari Prasad S 

      5 years ago from Bangalore


      Charlie Chaplin and Gandhi spread the message of human compassion and peace and harmony. We should also do the same in our own circle of influence. Thanks for sharing his nice poem.

      Our views on political scenarios are hardly influential and it wastes a lot of our energy.

      I feel it only encourages arguments and counter arguments than spreading compassion.

      My poem to spread compassion and creativity.

    • Missy Smith profile imageAUTHOR

      Missy Smith 

      5 years ago from Florida

      That sounds lovely, Bill. It really makes me smile when I meet people who understand the value of living. It's about loving one another and enjoying the experience of living together. It makes me extremely sad thinking about how much people hate and blame.

      I guess that I play into the blame game when I write these types of articles, but my main goal is just to bring attention to a problem, and maybe wake some up to what life should be about. Some may say I'm a dreamer...but I don't want to be the only one. :(

      I love you, and I love the way I feel when I read your inspirational stories. I love to hear you talk about your love for your wife and the way you both appreciate each other.

      I thank you for taking the time to leave comments on my articles and poems. You are a rare breed, Bill; along with a few others on here I have met, and I am so very lucky that my journey through this life landed me on hubpages. Thanks again.

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      Bill Holland 

      5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Every Saturday my wife and I sell goat cheese and quail eggs at a local farmers' market. It's a wonderful experience, talking to fellow urban farmers, sharing information, laughing, spreading a sense of community. The longer I live the more I'm convinced that it all begins with family....then community...and it is the responsibility of each and every one of us.

      I am sick and tired of the finger pointing. It is not his fault or her fault, or this party's fault or that party....this is a human problem and we can only take care of our part in all of this. It begins with me....I love you....I love my friends...I am respectful to everyone I meet.....I cannot control world affairs or even this nation's affairs, but I can spread goodwill and love wherever I go.

      End of soapbox speech.

      Peace and love, Missy, to you and yours

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      Missy Smith 

      5 years ago from Florida

      I will give you that for sure, Ken. It is not new, but it is getting out of control.

      Nevertheless, Obama doing all these things that you stated above, I cannot seem to see it that way. I don't believe for a second that his intentions were to help the ISIS group become more established and reign terror on other countries. ISIS is documented to have started back in 1999 because of the Iraq war with the US. Who started that, because Obama wasn't even in the commander's seat then? However, he did come in after and try to fix the mess that was already deep out-of-control, and how did he do this? He sent our very willing Navy Seals into a hostile location to find and kill Osama Bin Laden, knowing that they could get the job done. He has ordered our military to perform a great amount of airstrikes on ISIS territory along with establishing allies with other countries in order to do this. He along with our military has taken out key leaders from this group, and the fight will continue for sure, but it sure doesn't sound to me like he helped grow the very group he is working so hard to cease and destroy. That makes no sense. I don't care who you are; it doesn't sound feasible.

      Maybe he hasn't fixed the problem of the terrorists continuing to retaliate upon us and other countries, but he sure hasn't sat around and twiddled his thumbs. As you stated, it is nothing new, and these types of issues have been documented as far back as WWII.

      Super heroes do not exist, merely men with the integrity to keep fighting the issues, which I believe Obama has done better or just as well as past presidents. He can only go so far with a Republican party that strikes down every single thing he tries to set into action.

      When I write these articles, my purpose is to bring awareness to a problem that stems from many reasons not only terrorism from terrorist groups. Of course, all these killings that I speak about are forms of terrorism, they place terror in the hearts of us all whether it be under the influence of a terrorist group, or just for a killer's personal agenda.

      Ken, I believe, if you don't mind, that we should agree to disagree, and move on. Obviously, as the government of Democrats and Republicans have proven through the term of Obama, nothing will get solved when strong opposing views are not willing to come to a middle ground.

      Obama is set to leave now, and someone will take his place. Let's just hope it will be someone who can figure out how to get everyone to finally work together. I can't say I'm too confident though.

      Thanks for the comment.

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      Ken Burgess 

      5 years ago from Florida

      This is what happens when he have leadership that does not work to maintain Law and Order.

      No matter where you stand on the political issues, when you disrupt the Order and Peace of other nations, and topple nations, but do nothing to police and restore those nations... chaos spreads the world over.

      This is not new, it is worse now because of social media. But what drove nations into WWII was the result of multiple nations being defeated a couple decades prior, and being left to wallow in their own economic turmoil and lack of socio/political leadership.

      Obama helped deliver the Arab Spring, he helped ouster the Egyptian President for the Muslim Brotherhood (which then got overthrown by powers within Egypt), he helped take down Libya allowing the Muslim Brotherhood to gain control there, Obama then sent covertly the Libyan arsenal to arm what has now become ISIS to destabilize Syria but they then went on to Iraq and beyond. (this was the real cause of the events known as Benghazi)...

      When you destabilize parts of the world, this is what you reap.

      After WWII we rebuilt those nations (to a degree in our own image)... we destabilized Iraq, and then left it to its fate... in addition Obama destabilized Libya, Syria, and to a lesser degree Egypt.

      Obama fixed nothing, made nothing better for anyone, made the nation far weaker... and this is what happens when you don't maintain Order abroad... or here at home.


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