Are We Getting More Violent?

We are living in a world that we collectively helped create, either by our conscious moral  involvement or by our apathetic silence. If I only watched the news, I’d become depressed about our world and feel helpless and hopeless.  But I understand the power of our thoughts to create a more peaceful and loving humanity. Our beliefs and perceptions don’t merely record our history, but they collectively help create it.  What we think, what we believe, what we expect, is what we create.

We Need to Ask the Right Questions

I haven’t seen the statistics for 2010 yet, but violent crimes declined in 2009 according to the FBI. Periodically murders get national focus, when they are horrific, scandalous, or when the victims include someone in the public eye (like the Arizona Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords).   The media highlights it; we think about it, and within a few days we forget.   Meanwhile the environment, politics,  and climate that creates these atrocities continue. Everyone still wants to be able to have their own gun, even high-capacity magazines capable of executing such tragedies.  We need to ask the right questions if we are to get the right answers.  Why are atrocities like the one in Arizona, Virginia Tech and Columbine with young people as the executioners continuing to happen?  According to Gary Null’s  video, The Drugging or Our Children, the number of psychotropic drugs given to our children between 1995-2000 doubled.  Some say they are safe.  Others say they are not.  Do your own research.

Are We Getting Worse?

The repetitive showing of a single incident makes you think that we are getting worse as a society.   Maybe we are, maybe we aren’t.  At the very least it makes us more fearful and when in fear we are more likely to give away our rights or make brash statements or decisions.  Did you know that the murders in the US have been declining steadily between 2000-2009, dropping from 17,300 to 15,241?   Washington DC gets the rap for being a very violent city, but did you know that between 1991 and 2010 homicides in DC have dropped from 479 annually to 131 in 2010?   There is a lot I don’t know.  What I know for sure is that fear is used to control and what we believe becomes our reality.   So, what do you know for sure?  What is your truth?  Before you pass on information or contribute to mass fear and hysteria, check it out.

I’m Barbara Talley, The Poet who speaks and inspires.   To find more about me, check out my promo sheet or visit  my website.

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