Is ‘culture of death’ a sad reality in American society?
For Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin to stop the mass executions goes beyond gun control to the actual structure of the American culture; Douglas McKelway reports.
Most people can not comprehend, or choose not to understand — the depths of the depravity that would allow a young man to shoot up a school full of children.
“You don’t shoot at a high school without thinking about it for a very, very, very, long and dark time,” said Dr. Jordan Peterson, a psychologist at the University of Toronto. “You’re going places when you are doing, that any sane human being would ever want to go.”
After the shooting at a school in the Park, Fla., many have blamed lax gun control laws and inadequate mental health support system for why there is an increase in the mass executions.
But experts say that there are other factors to consider.
The phenomenon of mass shootings at schools, and by the clear increase in them in recent years, occurs as violent crime has decreased.
A confluence of factors can contribute.
For a gender is a big factor.
“An epidemic of a nihilistic hopelessness,” Peterson said. “Not only young men, people in general, but young men are more likely to act in a violent way.”
There is also a contagion effect of mass executions. Murderers know they are the non-stop media attention — attention that they so crave, and often miss out on in life.
“It is so spectacular. It particularly dissatisfied people who are lost and downwards, $100 million of free publicity. The stakes are very high. It’s not like they are poorly informed about their predecessors. There is an element of competition on this,” Peterson said.
He suggests media ban of the names of these killers and limit the coverage of them, to help stem the contagion.
Some believe that the roots of the mass-shooting phenomenon may lie in the Cultural Revolution of the 1960s. That pioneering time, brought welcome change of discrimination of women and minorities. But many claim that led to the throwing of deeply ingrained traditions of Western Culture, art, architecture, literature, structure of the family, and traditional roles.
“It is almost impossible to express how important it is to be a mother or a parent who guides education and development of a child than it is to be a pure research scientist,” Yale University computer science professor David Gelernter said.
Gelernter, is clear about his belief that the revolution of the 60’s, replaced rigorous scholarship in the American academy with dumbed-down curricula — the pain even Ivy League students.
“They know nothing. We have set ourselves a pass in the upbringing and rearing of them as a result of the Cultural Revolution,” he said.
Gelernter argues in his book, “America Lite,” that, as in totalitarian states such as Nazi Germany, the Soviet Union and Communist China, the American academic world underwent a purification of the tradition that filtered down through secondary schools — by means of art, media, and even the structure of the family.
“We have done massive destruction. We have wreaked havoc with our children and our children’s children,” he said.
Now, in the second generation of the students taught this way, secondary schools have more to contend with than they can handle.
“She called on to act as parents, those children whose parents do not act as parents. They are called psychologists and judicial agents, and all these things, and they simply can’t do it,” Peterson said.
Many feminist critics say that the revolution has not yet evolved enough — that young men and boys are governed by a “toxic” kind of masculinity.
“The man is afraid that he is losing his power, and because minorities and women are taking higher positions and more power (than) white men and men in general, they are afraid that they will lose their power and their virility,” Kathy Areu, publisher of Catalina Magazine, told Fox News’ Tucker Carlson recently.
Peterson and Gelernter believe gun control and mental health discussions occur with the inevitable predictability in the aftermath of a mass shooting can wait.
A higher priority, they say, is establishing the culture and broken boys with the time-tested ideals of the male role modelling, responsibility, and sacrifice — as well as the Judeo-Christian principles on which Western Culture is built.
“The human need for religion is more desperate than it has ever been. Science, cosmology is just as relevant as ever, and yet we may be cynics in the philosophy and the science to drive us away from our roots,” Gelernter said.
Peterson sends this request to adults that would help disoriented youth: “They need to have a person in their life, a straight arrow that flies true in order to orient themselves properly. If they can’t have, they can easily be lost.”
Peterson’s new book addresses this phenomenon, in part: “the 12 Rules for Life: An Antidote for the Chaos,” rose to Number 1 on Amazon on Jan. 16, the first day of the release, and is still in the top-two spots.
Doug McKelway joined Fox News Channel (FNC) in November 2010 and serves as a Washington-based correspondent. Click here for more information on Doug McKelway.