Despite the advance of science, medicine, and education we're still a very primitive species. In many ways we've regressed from generations of past. Past generations like to remind us of this frequently, and it's getting harder to disagree with them.
Another possibility to consider is the fact that with the advent of the Internet and 24 hour news channels our primitive and unsavory behaviors are more readily seen and shared instantly. Bad news sells.
Regardless of which my be true, whether we've regressed, or the news is more readily available then in the past, we suck. While society has made great gains in science and technology, gains in human nature and behavior haven't made the same gains. We're all about finding cures for deadly diseases, a better understanding and knowledge of the Universe, military superiority, technologies for making life easier and faster, and many other countless innovations. None of which are bad. But we're failing as a society to put the same effort and resources for societal improvements.
Common sense and human decency, which some may argue hasn't regressed, hasn't made significant strides of improvement either. If we're getting smarter, and life, from the standpoint of technology, is getting easier, why not the same level of improvements with human behavior?
The answer is simple. We as a society haven't put the same emphasis and expectations for this issue to improve as we have other advancements. We've taken the easy way out because for most of us the horrors inflicted on humanity don't hit close enough to home, or at least often enough, to put any true concerted effort into stopping them. It's easier to turn a blind eye to it. We don't even have to leave our country to see this.
In the past week alone you can find enough news to disgust you with the actions, words, and behavior of people. A few examples that stick out:
1) An off-duty police officer in Baltimore is murdered because of an argument over a parking space. A. Parking. Space. He gets hit over the head with a brick over a parking space. Why in the scheme of human decency, does an argument over a parking space occur? It doesn't matter who actually instigated this, or let it escalate, both parties are morons of the highest order. Who hasn't lost out on a parking space? Who hasn't been cut off in traffic at one time or another? It's an irritating event. End of 'effin story. You move on down the row, or street, park your car, and walk a few extra steps. Hell, for some people this would be a blessing, they can walk off the extra calorie intake from that lunch at McDonald's.
2) Bill O'Reilly goes on the View and proclaims that he's against a Muslim Mosque being erected at "Ground Zero" because "Muslims killed us on 9-11." I want to type that he's smart enough to know better, but I have serious doubts that he is actually smart.
Using O'Reilly's logic when Timothy McVeigh blew up the Federal building in Oklahoma City it could be argued that American military veterans, or catholics, for that matter, blew up the Federal building in Oklahoma City. McVeigh was both a veteran and professed Catholic.
This "Muslim" mosque at "Ground Zero" is actually located two blocks from there. It's not a mosque, but a cultural center which may contain a prayer room. O'Reilly and Fox News don't share that information though. They're more interested in flaming uneducated Americans into a biased hatred of an entire segment of a society or religion. Blanket condemnations and accusations bring higher ratings though. Accurate reporting and the truth play second fiddle.
Do the Muslims have a problem? You bet your ass they do. They need to get a handle on the extremists of their faith and make some progress in educating future generations at the very least on this sad chapter and segment of their faith. Catholics need to get a handle on their clergy sexually abusing children. We don't accuse every Catholic as being a sexual predator though. I don't even want to get into the problems every religious faith has right now. The number of people killed, maimed, or tortured, in the name of religion throughout the world and history is appalling. Suffice to say we haven't learned much there.
3) Two men are arrested north of where I live for sexually abusing a nine-year-old girl. The girl's mother, by initial reports, was present and had full knowledge of this horrifying crime. WTF is the matter when a parent allows this to happen? I'm sure many of you can report the same type of news in your vicinity as well.
When is this going to stop? When, as a society, are we going to step up to the plate and say enough is enough? When are we going to tackle societal behavior issues with the same tenacity as creating mass weapons of destruction? Or are we going to wait for us to destroy ourselves without the use of said weapons?
How we're located at the "top of the food chain" amazes me sometimes.