I don’t know what the deal is, I suppose it’s been from watching a little too much nightly news, but all this youth violence is really starting to wear heavily on me. Apparently in August three boys in Oklahoma decided to kill an Australian baseball player, why you might ask? Well because they were bored, of course! And don’t think this is an anomaly of a “few bad seeds.” According to NBC News there have been upwards of 200 teenagers that have used chronic boredom as their defense. Who raises these animals anyway? When I was growing up I was pretty bored with school, it wasn’t much of a challenge, but I feared the wrath of not bringing home straight A’s. I can’t imagine the thought of saying, “oh, by the way mum, on the way home I killed a classmate because school was boring today.” How does a child grow to have so little regard for the fragility of human life? These victims aren’t just some dead body, they are someone’s child, parent, brother, uncle (aunt, sister, etc). How do these killers grow up thinking the Earth revolves on its axis around them and they get to pick and choose who gets to live? But honestly? I can’t say I am surprised, most of our children raise themselves these days because there seems to be a lot of selfish parents out there medicating themselves with drugs and alcohol, letting their children make the tough decisions in life, instead of guiding them to responsible, ethical decisions. Somewhere, some time soon, we need to take back control of our families, teach by example, and if you don’t have a good example, don’t become a parent. In most cases it IS a choice to be a parent or not.
That said, the take from is easy on this one. To you want-to-be killers and inattentive parents. I’m not very old, but through life’s experience I have learned a few things. I have learned that you can do something in an instant that will give you heartache for life. I have learned that sometimes when I’m angry I have the right to be angry, but that doesn’t give me the right to be cruel to others. I have learned that we are responsible for what we do in life; no matter how we feel and boredom is not a viable excuse for murder. Ever. But most of all, I have learned that you should never ruin an apology with an excuse. ‘Ell I can’t think there is an apology for murder, so sit down, shut up and learn about having a real, a mature and a responsible footprint on the Earth, instead ruining the life’s of those about you. I know, I know really high gravity today, but it’s Halloween and somehow that just isn’t about pumpkins and children dressed as ghoulies and ghosties and long-legged beasties anymore, somehow it became about teenagers and adults.