I wanted to agree with the author all the way through his post.
But, I was troubled with some of what he wrote. He held depression responsible instead of the blaming the person taking their life. Then he wanted to hold the parent responsible, instead of blaming the bully ….
Personal responsibility starts with the individual.
The individual who thinks their right to play a violent video game must take responsibility for their personal expression of violence ….
The same is true for the kids acting like the three stooges and kill their kid brothers and sisters ….
Maybe instead of championing ‘freedom,’ we should champion responsibility and freedom?
I wonder if personal freedoms have gone to far? Have we, the US in USA, forgotten what it means to be a society? Or, will we really continue to kill each other until we blow ourselves back to the stone age?
In the middle of the golden age of Hollywood, a slap-stick trio of buffoons managed to work their way to the top of the comedy ladder, continuing to be an inspiration to many, while known to all but the very few. The antics of Moe, Larry and Curly (and Shemp) became iconicly known as the Three Stooges, forever saved on t-shirts, reenacted in one sit-com after another and even the genesis of a recent feature film.
At the same time, it didn’t take long for some in the 40’s to blame violence in society on the images being portrayed on the silver screen. Poked eyes, slapped heads, twisted noses, hands smashed, skulls bashed with hammers, feet stomped and stomachs punched were a mainstay in their shorts as well as their feature films. As a youngster, I would catch these in late-night reruns on the UHF band. (For the younger readers…
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