A few days ago, several teens in Florida filmed a man while he drowned. They didn’t render aid. They didn’t call for help. Instead, they used their shitty cell phones to record him drowning. They even laughed about it and made jokes.
Seriously, what the fuck have we done?
I get comments about how unrealistic the D&R series is, but the truth is we are raising an entire nation of sociopaths and psychopaths, like these kids who could so callously watch a man drown while recording it on their damn phones.
The worst part, they technically didn’t do anything criminal, so they can’t be charged with a crime. A man is dead… They could have called for help or jumped in and tried to save him, but instead they recorded it on their phones. That in itself, seems criminal, but what do I know.
And should any of the teens show remorse or regret, their parents will do what parents have been doing for centuries; reassuring them, holding their hands, telling them it’s not their fault.
Their behavior isn’t something we can blame on violent TV or video games or music. The sad truth is, society is to blame. We have spent decades preaching to our kids that they need to conform to the societal norms. Don’t stand out, don’t be different, don’t think for yourselves, because the moment our kids start doing that bullies appear. Bullies that want everyone to hate life as much as they do.
Except that’s the societal norm these days, that’s what we have taught our children to conform to be like. Of course they have no unconscious, no remorse, no voice in their heads’ acting like a Jimney Cricket. We have been so busy hoovering over them, not letting them make good or bad decisions, not letting them be individuals, that we have created a society full of sociopaths and psychopaths in our most vulnerable population…
And if a kid fails to confirm, we write them off as troublemakers, attention seekers, and lost causes. Which is nothing short of ridiculous and hypocritical. We all survived periods of unrest and non-conformity and I would like to emphasize the word “survived” in that sentence. Was it always easy? No. But I can’t think of a single person I hung out with that would have watched, joked, and videoed a person drowning.