Callous, an ugly word isn’t it. It is a bitter pill to realize that throughout a life it is easy to manage to be indifferent, insensitive to others around. My callousness developed as a kid, having to adopt from one uncomfortable situation to another. No my life was not one of hardship, destitute and abuse, it was of typical working class folks , raised with Love and discipline. I just seem to always have problems that would set me apart. My callousness however is never justifiable whatever rationalization I would like to formulate. I show a touch of my callousness in a Blog post https://parkgang.wordpress.com/2011/03/02/i-wonder-what-happen-to-her/. I am without a doubt at times callous, often I pray that I can repent and become more compassionate and brave. I can not toss a stone,this being said the world around is also in the same pickle.
I believe today society has become sterile, with all the information thrown at us by the media.Moral values have been tarnished and redefined. Tolerance has become often a simile for acceptance,which it is not. Entertainment on the Television is brutal, morbid and far from the wholesome shows of its earlier years. So instructed and expected to live in world where thin is mandatory , promiscuous behavior is expected almost merit badge worthy. When times require us to pull together for the good of our fellowmen ,it not long before reports of corruption and mismanagement of the people’s trust surfaces. Often in my community those in need, suffer isolation and harassment. The normalization of rude, disruptive and frankly stupid behavior with the blessings of the networks, and the communities that seem to profit by it , is a cancer . It truly is.
I question How could the tragedy at Sandy Point Elementary School happen, the Shooting in Colorado and the many others? Lets assume banning guns will help. Yes, many guns that are available should not be, but guns will always be available through other means of marketing; until something more lethal comes along this is a Fact. Is it possible to Remove the Callous attitude that fosters the evil and ugly actions? Stop training these misguided and hateful souls on mainstream TV at least. Introduce the Value of a good life, one of true compassion , intelligent and healthy living based on a desire to want to be better . Learn to trust God, we did not make it this far because we were all capable. No time after time His Grace, the lessons we learned from the Gospels and Holy Words have guided us, framed a picture of goodness, influence our moral constitutions and given us a path. It is all ours if we want it.