Blood On My Shirt
While walking out of a neighborhood corner store I saw a man beating his pre-teen/teen daughter. Two women stepped in and tried to calm the man down
and help the girl, but as he held onto his daughter's hair he proceeded to batter these two women. As these two petite women bravely fought this large
out of control man, I noticed a group of four or five men just standing there watching it unfold as if it was entertaining to them. Or maybe they were
too scared to do anything.
I walked closer, and as the man threw his daughter to the ground he turned his focus solely on these women. He struck one of them so hard she hit the
ground like she died. As he cocked his arm back to hit the other woman, I grabbed it and spun around his back to face him. Without hesitation he swung
at me. I side stepped his blow and cracked my glass bottle of iced tea, that I just bought, over the front of his face. He fell to the ground
The two women grabbed the young girl and left with her, I presume to the hospital or police station. As I stood there with blood on my shirt of the
man I just injured, conflicting thoughts shot through my mind. On one hand, I felt alright about what happened, someone needed to stop him from
beating these women further and I didn't do it out of anger but concern, but on the other hand, I felt like I just broke a promise to myself to never
again intentionally hurt another being. People started to gather around and thank and praise me, including the group of men that was just watching. I
wanted to ask them why they didn't do anything, but instead I just walked away in silence.
As I walked home, tears of frustration ran down my face. "I've been through and seen these things too many times in my life. Why is this society so
messed up?! Why are men allowing for this to happen to our children?!", I thought to myself. I wasn't all that shocked that these women were willing
to sacrifice their well-being to help this girl before any man did. Throughout my life I've noticed that women tend to stand up to domestic
altercations much quicker then most men do. But what killed me was the realization that in order to have a healthy family structure, and thus society,
men need to set and protect the moral standards that women can then nurture and strengthen. Yet our society is so screwed up and twisted that this
seems almost non-existent!
Today, many men think all they have to do is make money and pay taxes, no matter how they make it or what it is spent on, and then they can do
whatever they want. They can lie, exploit, abuse, cheat, promote ignorance, and neglect their families and society. And seeing this level of
inequality, women have followed in their footsteps, as if they think succumbing to these same ills will level the playing field. So where does this
leave the kids? Where does this leave our future? While the parents are so busy playing mind games with each other; so busy trying to one-up each
other, what is happening to their kids and to our future?
Right now the natural chaos of a jungle seems so more appealing than this contrived jungle of insanity that we have created for ourselves. There is no
natural order here. Everything is contrived out of a desire for immediate gratification for the few. We think laws, policies, and enforcement through
the police and military, will bring us order and peace? Is this what we are placing our faith in the future on? Please, save me the laughter. While
parents play act like "good law abiding citizens", the government educates their kids and corporations entertain them. Both have no interest other
than to fatten their own pockets and empower themselves.
So where are all the real men at? Where are all the moral protectors of our society at? You want to enjoy this societies privileges but you don't want
to set a good example of moral standards for it? How long do you think these privileges will last if you are only intent on exploiting and neglecting
people for your own benefit? Do you have any compassion for your children? And don't tell me the government or police force or some religious
authority should be setting and protecting our moral standards, they aren't going to be able to do that even if they wanted to!
"Be the change that you want to see" - Mohandas Gandhi
edit on 17-8-2011 by LifeIsEnergy because: (no reason given)