What Have We Become?

What Have We BecomeIn the wake of the senseless shooting of Australian baseball player Christopher Lane, people are now forced to contemplate this generation’s capacity for violence.

‘Violent generation’

The three Oklahoma teenagers who killed Lane admitted to the police that they shot Lane out of boredom. The darkness of the soul of those cold-blooded youngsters that killed a promising athlete is indeed unfathomable. What have we now become — a violent generation?

Right now, we live in a world that worships violence. Just take a look at the most popular movies, the scream-your-lungs-out songs, and even the most “exciting” video games that we play. The more we expose ourselves and our kids to these sources of violence, the more they become insensitive to the value of life, and the easier they find it to pull the trigger and end a person’s life.

‘Values’

Where are the parents of those three Oklahoma teenagers charged with the murder of Christopher Lane? Where are the parents of other lost children who spend most of their waking time in front of violent video games and fantasize about shooting someone in real life instead of just inside the realms of a game? What sort of values are ingrained in the minds and heart of these kids? Or most importantly, are there still ANY values being taught to them?

The parents of today’s generation put so much responsibility of child rearing on the shoulders of the government, babysitters, and teachers that most of them fail to perform their own responsibilities well. We have become lost in being so liberated that we have forgotten to teach our kids to fear God and bestow love upon mankind. Many have already turned their back on God and lost track of what is right and what is wrong. Now, look where this so-called “liberation” has gotten us.

Can all the violence and hate still be undone? Do you still teach your kids about morality and fear in God? Are we at fault for all the senseless crimes that abound?

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A Day Without A Cell Phone

In a world where billions of people already own cellphones, there comes a time that in a state of rush or carelessness, there is one less: and that could be you. Surviving a full day without a cellphone — how difficult could it be?

Most of us are old enough to remember what the world was like before the era of mobile phones. We used to be just fine. So, we could also expect that during the first few minutes (emphasis on FIRST) sans a cellphone, one would feel liberated and could finally get a chance to once again observe the real world. Instead of walking aimlessly with that zombie-like facial expression while trying to scour over unread text and email messages on your mobile, you finally get to notice that pretty lady who smiles at you every morning; the perpetually angry dog that barks every time you walk past; and the flurry of tourists snapping photos at a nearby attraction. Ahh, what a wonderful world! However, this usually lasts for about a quarter of an hour. After that, the thought begins to nag you: What if someone needs to contact me? What if there is an urgent message in my inbox?


Being the technology-strapped idiot that you have become, our first impulse is to double-check for that phantom cellphone vibrations in the pocket where your phone usually is and your blood pressure starts to rise, feeling the need to check your voice mail. And the only way to do this is to use a payphone — a long-unused and dusty payphone, if I may add. In spite of the fact that the phone booth smells like a homeless person’s bathroom, you force yourself to stop breathing for a few minutes and check your voice mail. A robotic voice greets you with a cheerful answer, “You have no new messages.” Dang.

Relieved that you have no new voice mail, you start to fuss about your emails. So you scramble to find an internet cafe — which is not an easy task. Forty-five minutes, a dozen blocks, and two sweaty armpits later, you arrive at a computer terminal for rent and hurriedly access your inbox. Voila! All the messages could have waited until you arrived home.

As your phoneless day goes on, you could not avoid wondering: Would we actually have more meaningful conversations if we weren’t so attached to our mobile phones and gadgets? Would we become better people if our cell phone apps didn’t distract us so much? Better family men and women? Better children? Still, without our cell phones, we would absolutely feel unconnected to our friends, colleagues, and the rest of the world — a lonely disposition.

How about you, can you survive a day without your cellphone? How have mobile gadgets enhanced or affected your life in any way? Do share your opinions with us!

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