So a girl was beaten to death at random with a baseball bat. Some teenager stabbed another teenager in a McDonald's. So many conflicting thoughts on who to blame? The kids? Of course, they did it. Why? Because they have shitty parents? Because we have shitty influences in the media? Because people are too busy getting rich to care about what message they're sending. Because our schools are designed with apathy in mind, to let kids like this slip through the cracks. Because any two morons with functioning genitals are allowed to warp and twist the minds of children, or more accurately, not bother to mold the minds of children, and let television do it for them.
There is something innately wrong with our society. People have no accountability for anything they do. People are allowed to ignore the big picture in favour of short-term personal satisfaction. How do we fix this without a nanny state? It's not that I think that all people are incapable of thinking for themselves. It's that I think we need to reevaluate how we allow people to be educated, and steer them towards greater awareness of their communities, their societies, and the world we live in.
Do I think that if the world was filled with knowledgeable, community-minded critical thinkers that everyone would come to the same conclusions I do? No, of course not. Not everyone prioritizes values in the same way. But I don't think anyone would disagree that teaching children that they are part of a whole, and that what hurts the community hurts themselves.
Where am I going with this? I don't know. I just think things could be better, and I'm not content to sit back and get jaded and say "that's just the way things are." Bullshit.