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Another Post on Anger


Violence! (Photo credit: Rickydavid)

After yesterday’s massacre at Sandy Hook, it seems more and more important that we own and control the expression of our anger.  Yes, the shooter may have been mentally ill and not in his right mind; but why do we not abhor violence as a form of expression of anger in people in general?  Violence is not only accepted as an outlet of frustration, but also it is encouraged as a form of entertainment providing vicarious thrills in young and old alike.

We become immune to violence seeing it depicted everyday in movies, TV, and video games.  It is also an accepted part of many sports like hockey, football, and, yes, even hunting.  In cartoons and video games, it doesn’t even hurt and those who are killed get right back up to fight again.  How unrealistic can we get?  No wonder when people face the real thing, they can’t handle it.

When it comes to death and mayhem, it is not pretty.  It is horrifying!  No wonder people develop post-traumatic stress syndrome when they have to deal with the real thing.  Nobody ever told them what it was really like.  I have both read  first-person accounts of such real life occurrences and have listened to the stories of people who have gone through this and came out alive when other people didn’t.   These stories are not easily shared or told.  They are often reexperienced over and over again in terrifying detail after the person who experienced them has left the horrifying scene.

There are more people who have had these experiences and don’t talk about them than most people know.  I bet you might be surprised that there are people you probably already know who had these experiences and have never talked about them.  That person might be your grandfather, boyfriend, sister, neighbor, or best friend. Even just being in a situation such as a riot where ordinary people are acting lawlessly and potentially violently and even policemen and national guard troops are shaking in their boots can tie your guts up in knots. It did mine. Let’s be realistic about violence and it’s consequences. People in adulthood should be prepared to deal realistically with death. In past generations, it was an experience most people would have had to have gone through, maybe several times, before they grew up.

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respect (Photo credit: Heliøs)

Respect all things.  Do you see beauty in everything?  Have you ever destroyed something that somebody else put a lot of time and energy into?  Have we become a destructive society?  I am not suggesting that you become a hoarder; but that you value what you have around you.   What is so much fun about mindless destruction?

It seems like we don’t value things, we don’t value people, we don’t value animals.  Where are we going?  It is unnatural to harm and kill others.  Or where else does post traumatic stress come from if this doesn’t bother us?  We (including plants and animals) are fearfully and wonderfully made.

We don’t respect ourselves?  We take part in hazardous sports.  We exercise to the point where it harms our bodies.  We are now finding out that excessive running and being in marathons can damage the heart which is to begin with a muscle.  You can overwork your body especially if you become addicted to the high you get from exercising.  It’s not that it doesn’t feel good to do some movement and it up to a certain point makes you healthier.  There’s the feeling of relaxation and accomplishment that  you get afterwards when you stop to rest.

Don’t put yourself down.  Don’t let others put you down.  Teach your children to respect themselves and others.  Build people up.  Don’t tear them down.  Why do we get a high from feeling better than someone else?  Our chief competitors should be ourselves.

Yes, there is danger out there and we need to learn to respect that too.  We have to evaluate our world and to protect ourselves from people who don’t respect human or animal rights.




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The Horrible Things That Truely Exist in Our World

Cult and Ritual Abuse

Cult and Ritual Abuse (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

With the horrible things that really happen, why do we have to focus on make believe mayhem?  In my field of study, psychology, I have heard and read about atrocious things that have occurred in people’s lives now and in the past.  Every time a tragedy occurs, there can be horrible details of what actually happened that remain in the memories of people who had to deal with them or were victims of them.  Why do we have to create disgusting scenarios in movies and video games when the real thing is bad enough or maybe even worse than the imaginary thing.

Human sacrifice is prevalent in history and even occurs in satanic ritual abuse.  Babies are conceived, never registered, and disappear this way.  Also when people die, how does it happen.  Do they experience terror before they pass on?  What about the aftermath?  Who finds and/or deals with the remains and how do these horrors effect them?  This is not just make believe like at Halloween when people put together scarey haunted houses.  This is often the origin of post-traumatic stress syndrome where people live over and over the horrible things that have happened to them in the past.

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