I don’t know enough abot the writer or the article to know if it is factual but assuming that it is it doesn’t tell the entire picture. I guess I’m looking at it from a different angle. There can be an argument made that the time period that we live in is far less violent than say 1850 to 1900. But it’s the type of violence that is troublesome. Even in the wild west you didn’t see bad guys kicking down the doors at a school house and shooting children. It was men fighting with guns against other men who also had guns.
And I am not just talking about shootings.
This is more about feelings and archetypes than data.
Your interpretation puts a bit too much stock in the Hollywood conception of the West. In reality it was more “Blood Meridian” and less “Gunsmoke.”
But anyway, you may in fact be right about a rise in this particular kind of violence (I have no idea and don’t have the time to try and figure it out). But that would need substantiation, and even then I would still contend that there are countless social, technological, and cultural shifts competing with secularization (which hasn’t brought great bloodshed to Western Europe, for example) for causal authority.[/quote]
Actually, I’m an old west buff and I know what I’m talking about. Gunsmoke and other TV shows and movies like that are poor depictions of the true west. There were very few gunfights in the middle of the street, showdowns at high noon didn’t happen. Of course there are a few exceptions to the rule. Wild Bill Hickock shot a man through the heart in one of those rare showdowns. But I digress. There was a chivalry back then that lasted well into the 20th century. They didn’t even hang women (possibly one maybe two) in the old west. And as I said the bad guys never broke into a school house and killed innocent children.
They had self respect and a moral code.
Look around today when you go to the Mall or just walk around in the town you live in.
-Fat people wearing jogging cloths looking like they just rolled out of bed.
-Profanity is ramped everywhere you go and much of TV and almost every movie.
-Complete disrespect for other human beings
-Crime’s against children are up, way up! Sexual crimes, abuse, killing etc. It makes me sick!
Everyone is the center of their own universe. And this is what happens when we threw God out of the public school system. When there is no God YOU become your own God. Think about it. Does one value another human being more or less if they believe that there is no God who created mankind?
I know you place a high value on data and statistics (which are not flawless as they can be manipulated and I have examples of that) But there is also a such thing as empirical data.
Maybe I’ve lived long enough to see the dramatic shift.
But there has been a shift. There has been a real change over the past 30 years my friend. And it is not for the good.