Tangled Webs of Life: Thoughts
The Mouse and I have been thinking over the past few days about the news stories in our local paper and on the set, discussing and debating about why it is necessarily so that it seems the world is on its way to hell in a fiery hand-basket. At least, one might wonder, here in our neck of the woods. It is disturbing and we are hanging our heads in shame for what has become of the old hometown.
We can only guess that so much interpersonal violence, abuse of children, beatings of babies, and general thuggery and crime is a sort reaction people are exhibiting in an expression of desperation that to us literally screams, “HELP US! WE ARE OUT OF CONTROL BECAUSE WE DON’T KNOW HOW TO COPE WITH LIFE!” Or we could be guessing the world has gone to hell. A cry for help?
Senseless loss of life to drugs and alcohol, either by someone else’s bad behavior or one’s self. Suicides.
Homicides. Killings of wife and kids. Killings of parents. Killings of total strangers for no clear reason.
AND THEN…we DO have our own parts to play in the lives of those around us, as well. Being ACCOUNTABLE has much to do with the solutions we can find for a lot of today’s problems. It seems we can get off with a “pass” more and more though, with our bad behavior by pointing to someone or something else as a causative factor that contributed to some deficiency in our failure to do right. MOST of us are smarter than this, and most tend to be better as humans.
Some will run with any defense you can make for them, never ever being made to account or to learn. No justice in that.
It is reprehensible to take your wicked and angry frustrations out on any innocent person, most especially a tiny baby or child…an elderly, disabled, or otherwise defenseless person or creature.
It can be further intensified by the use of alcohol or drugs.
The more complicated the social environs become, it seems less equipped the humans are to be able to cope and accept the stress and change that go with it. So many people lack basic personal coping skills, many beginning to manifest the problem in childhood as bullies or delinquents. Many, many have watched parents medicate and intoxicate themselves since they were small. Together with other exhibits of poor coping in times of frustration, kids turn to violence and drugs because it seems the natural thing to do about easing their pain. It doesn’t help when it seems no one cares much about you generally, either. That atmosphere sets people up for disaster.
Apathy, neglect, abuse, and crime. What a piss-poor setting for a kid to evolve into a decent person.
More and more people seem to come into this world lacking a decent set of parents or even a half decent human being for a parent. Sadly, a child NEVER asks to be placed here.
We’ve heard the “it takes a village to raise a child” saying before. We really don’t know, looking at the course things seem to be taking around here. We think some are tired of trying or are afraid of getting involved.
We do know, that all those who are defenseless to act for their own safety and well-being need for us to do the right thing when we suspect any kind of abuse, mistreatment, or neglect. There is always a way to remain anonymous, so there is no excuse to allow for it to continue.
We have decided to start on a “Links” page to list a bunch of Helpful Resources we hope to have up very soon that we will make available for hotlines, books, websites, all sorts of stuff to become a kinder, gentler, and softer place to land. Maybe we can actually be helpful. We will have achieved the goal of our blog then.©2014, C.S. Thompson.