THE UNDERSTOCK EXPRESS
I think the world has gone crazy
By: Kayla Understock
What is wrong with the world today? Seriously! There is so much hate now days that it is truly sickening. For example, I learned of yet another shooting. Some guy walked into a Church and just started firing. Do people not have a moral compass anymore? What makes this guy think he can just waltz into a church and take the lives of people because they don’t have the same religion as him? Regardless of what religious beliefs a person has, they are theirs to have or not to have. It is his or her choice to make, not someone else’s. Does this mean that other people have to like it, absolutely not. However, what it does mean is that it is their prerogative and it should be respected. What disturbs me about this, besides everything, is that countless people fought in wars and lost their lives so that America could be a free country, yet there are always people out there wanting to try to control what others feel, think, say, do, etc. If it’s not to their liking then they think it is automatically wrong and they have the right to do something about it. Is it really so hard for everyone to understand that not everyone in the world are going to have the same thoughts.
There is a good chance this will get blamed on gun control yet again. When are we going to open our eyes and make people accountable for their actions and quit blaming it on objects? In my childhood home, there were guns since before I was born. My sisters and I were taught gun safety and it was made abundantly clear that we were not to touch those guns without an adult present. We had respect for our parents but also respect for others. I know many other people who were raised around guns as well and they never once did anything of that nature. I remember a time when high school kids had guns on a rack in their back windows, in the school parking lot, and no one was concerned about any danger. Today, those things would never be allowed. There have been too many school shootings for that to even be a remote possibility. It isn’t the gun that killed the person it is the person behind the gun. Yes that was the weapon that was used; however, if it wasn’t a gun, it would have been something else used in the situation. The real problem is the people.
According to the Federal Bureau of Investigations, in 2016 approximately 43 murders occurred daily, which totaled 15,696 for that year. In the first 24 hours alone of 2017, 264 separate incidents of gun violence occurred across the United States. Of those 264 people, 64 were killed and 146 were injured. Again, I would like to reiterate that guns are not the issue. You may be wondering what the problem is then. Here are a few scenarios. 1) Lack of discipline. Without discipline, kids will never learn that there are consequences for their actions. When I was young, if I did something wrong, I was punished accordingly. Did I like it when my parents disciplined me? Umm, definitely not, but that’s sort of the point. Parents aren’t there to be their kids’ friends; they are there to guide them into being good people. 2) Disrespect. Most kids do not have any respect these days. I can’t even begin to understand where that all went to and why its not there. All I truly know is that it isn’t just kids, its adults too. They show no respect for anyone, keep in mind that I am not saying every single person in the world is this way, but there is a good share of them out there. 3) Lack of friendliness. Oh, so you had a bad day? What’s the solution? Take it out on the next person you see walking down the street so you can rub some of your grumpiness off onto them. That seems like a perfectly logical explanation, NOT! People don’t seem to help others just because they see them in need anymore. Most of the time, the only reason people do things is to get something out of it. Of course there are still good people in the world. For the most part our community has been sheltered from some of the bigger issues that the rest of the world has; however, how long is that going to last? The list of possibilities as to why the world does what it does is endless.
How is it that we can live in a world where so much hate is spewed all over? In my 32 years of life, the world has dramatically changed. Even in our community, there is a noticeable difference. Times are always going to change, which is to be expected. There is going to be advancements in technology, trends will vary, and people’s needs/wants will always be changing. The one thing that shouldn’t change is the decency of mankind. If you look at the older generation compared to the younger generation, its like night and day for the most part of it. Not just their way of living, perspectives on life, but how they treat others is generally different as well. Let’s stop and ponder on this. The older generation would and still do open doors for the next person walking in or out, were always friendly toward anyone they seen, didn’t use vulgar language when having a casual conversation, were willing to help anyone in any way they could, and most importantly they had pride in the way they behaved. They didn’t do it because they were getting something out of it; they did it simply to be a good person. Where as 99% of the younger generation doesn’t do even half of that. Maybe I’m just stuck in yesteryears… I’m okay with that because if there were a time machine that could put me back in those simpler times when people were a whole lot nicer, I’d grab my family and away we would go. Unfortunately we can’t go back, we can’t stay here in this moment either, so there is only forward left to go. Truth be told, we may never know the exact reason that people do things the way they do. All that we can truly do is hold ourselves to the highest standard possible and try to be better than we were the day before.