I am 35 years old, or 34, I don't remember to be honest. I've been coming to ATS since 2004-2005, lurking mostly over the years. As many of you can
probably relate, the crowd at ATS and its focus fluctuates as the world and its craziness is ever changing. Today, as I just saw the thread about the
Utah girl jailed over a hair-cutting prank here
, I began to think about how much the
Internet has exposed the world to itself, meaning that for those of you that remember the time before the Internet, I'd be willing to bet it has
changed you significantly, and at the very least, made you more aware.
It has sure changed me.
At my current age, I try to avoid feeding my mind things that serve no good. Like many of you, I have seen enough disturbing things in person that I
need not observe even more on the Internet, but in my earlier years, I had a philosophy that to turn your head away from the horrors of life, is to
live a lie. I think it helped me learn not to bury my head in the sand, but at the same time, we should also not get caught up in sensationalism, and
The Internet is an incredible tool, and its many benefits speak for itself, but there are those very dark pockets where what you see is horrible, and
you just can't look away. I went through a phase (which lasted years really) where I focused on nothing but horror and bloodshed.
I remember it began in the late 90s with photos of accident victims, suicide victims, murder victims, and war footage. When the 2000s came rolling
around, the Internet became more mainstreamed, and then came the Nick Berg beheading, followed by countless others. There was also the explosion of
cell phones, many with cameras, and the horror increased dramatically because so many things were caught on camera.
In all of this time, I have seen beheadings, I have seen people lynched, and burned alive in the streets of Africa, I have seen countless executions
performed by various international organizations ranging from terrorists to drug cartels. I saw the footage recorded by the Dnepropetrovsk Maniacs of
them (teenagers) murdering a man with a sledgehammer. I could go on and on but this post isn't about some morbid curiosity, or the ever growing number
of atrocities that are now observable by anyone with a keyboard.
I have no more need to see these things, and I focus my energy on much more positive, and constructive material when online. I sometimes wonder how I
channeled it all without completely losing my mind, or growing cold. It doesn't shock me anymore, that part of me is dead, but I have more compassion
now for all creatures than I ever have.
Now for my query..
I realize that war, atrocity and bloodshed have been with us since the beginning of time, and I also realize that technology may have played a hand in
making it seem like it is all on the increase.. but when you look at young people today, no matter which ATS crowd you most relate to, does it seem
like each generation is somehow more vacant, apathetic, and cruel than the last?
When I was a kid, a fist fight ended when a person was down. It was that simple, but now a teenager might get kicked in the head until he or she is a
vegetable, or shot, or stabbed... Maybe I'm being a bit naive, but doesn't it seem like there is something seriously wrong? It is the food we are
eating? Is it the media? Is it because we have spoiled our children? Is it vaccines? Is it anti-depressants? Pollution?
Or has the world not changed at all, other than being more visible now?
What do you think?
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