a reply to: anxiouswens
I believe there are several factors playing into this situation.
Yes, social media plays a part, and yes, it is hard to discipline some individuals without using some sort of corporal punishment. However, I believe
that the issue is also effected by leadership. In this country, we have been lead by disreputable swine of one flavour or another, for the entire time
that I have been alive. We see them getting away with awful acts in war, in home affairs, corruption, backhanders, social engineering and turning the
screws on the defenceless and powerless, and no one appears able to prevent that continuing.
We approach dystopia with every step we take, and every day that passes. I believe that the reaction we see from the youth, is just as much an
unconscious reaction to how very unjust and unfair our nation has become of late, as it is to anything else. Now, it must be said that to a degree, a
bit of corporal punishment may seem like a good way to offset that understandable and undefinable feeling in the youth, that something is wrong and
that the only response is to become wrong themselves. But I believe that if this nation is lead by honourable persons, who act in all things in a way
which benefits the people directly and immediately, who value and protect the honour of our nation by behaving in a way which all persons in the UK
would see as just, fair, and honourable, then the youth would not be nearly as prone to vile acts.
Why do I believe this?
In a nation which looks after their people correctly and fairly, disunity and disharmony will be reduced, which will result in people feeling safe
and secure in their persons and their property. This in turn will reduce negativity in upbringing, disenfranchisement in the young, and anger in the
streets. Put simply, a government doing its job correctly provides university places for all students with the potential to succeed, and prevents them
being financially indebted as a result of trying to make the best of themselves. It prevents the weakest and least powerful in society from being
trodden underfoot by circumstances beyond their control. It prevents the powerful from controlling the powerless, prevents the minority from dictating
to the majority, prevents the majority from endangering and discriminating against the minority, and in all things achieves balance.
There is no balance in society, and young people know, although they may not have a sophisticated understanding of the causes of these geopolitical
elements, do understand the writing on the wall. At the moment, the writing says that all a person can rely on these days, is credit on their cards
and cred on the street, and that total bastards get ahead in life, and everyone else is screwed. Either be the bastards, or be screwed.
These are lessons they are learning from many sources, but those lessons are backed up by government right now, who are, by way of austerity politics
and increasingly disturbing policy choices, making things much worse for the youth of today, their prospects, their future. These kids are at war, war
with the future. They are terrified on a subconscious level, because for all their physical violence and anger, they know they are functionally
powerless to prevent a harrowing future for themselves, and they have no control over their fate worth a damn. They do not know, in their conscious
minds, what drives them to behave as they do, and all of them will have slightly different paths to madness to recount, but all of them have the
increasingly dark future being created these days, to look forward to. They know, on a primal level, that they were scapegoated and cast aside before
they were even born, by the actions of men and women who sold their future for temporary financial stability.
They may not know the detail, but they can feel it all falling down around them, and want to be on the top of the rubble, not under it, when the
collapse is complete. They have been given no better tools than those they wield, to ensure they get there in one piece. That is how I see the