We are a culture with a strong affinity for violence. Look at our sports and see if it isn’t so. The debate on guns is only a side aspect of this insatiable interest. We have an incredible appetite as a society for violent stories, games, movies, and television shows. What does it say about us, as a culture, that two of the most popular TV shows are one in which zombies eat people who are only stopped by the most violent means or a medeval fantasy which is ever so rich with blood flowing? Walk into a video game store and see how many games are devoted to killing in some manner or form. Think of the number of television shows that revolve around rapes and murders. Walk through Barnes and Nobles and see how many books you can find on the top seller list that do not deal with some kind of violence.
Jesus taught us that what is in our heads is as important as what we do. My opening questions are: where does this hunger originate for violence? What are we really trying to feed as we gulp down the ravenous portions of violence? What is it about violence that fascinates us? Why do we find it so – entertaining?
What do you think? Do we need to change this? How can we change this?
Until next time,