For the Narcissist Lover in You…

The Death of Reverence is not a Metaphor.

I am sick of mourning after the fact. It’s time to address the social disease that leads to these things. We as a society have created our monsters, and we have the hilarious temerity to blame it on guns. Culture cannot make comedy out of every reverent thing and not expect reverence, as a human entity, to die. Where there is no reverence, where there is nothing sacred, there is no safeguard for the human animals that walk among us.

Shall I sum it up? “Family Guy” has taught us that dead children are funny. Humanity learned the lesson.

I wouldn’t suggest you watch this, but it makes my point.


10 responses

  1. Andrew Espley

    What about the killing of children/school shootings BEFORE family guy? Before shows started making darker and darker jokes? It’s GUN CONTROL THAT’S THE PROBLEM. There are always sick individuals and your country is giving them weapons.

    December 14, 2012 at 7:28 pm

    • Andrew, bluntly, you just don’t know what you’re talking about. Guns have been in the hands of people for well over a century. The American death of reverence coincides unequivocally with the increase in heinous, senseless violence. Have you watched the sort of “comedy” that is popular with twenty-somethings? Do you seriously believe it doesn’t teach that reverence is stupid? Sincerity is dead? And human life is a joke? I could post example after example after example.

      Believing that putting a gun in someone’s hand converts them into a murderer is, please forgive my frankness, a mark of a complete idiot. That which can kill the body is no match for that which kills the soul. And mass murder of the soul has been happening in modern American culture for at least a decade, probably more.

      December 14, 2012 at 7:58 pm

      • I should add: Family Guy is not solely responsible. Sure Family Guy is funny sometimes, too. But defending a harmful social influence because it’s funny is like watching someone choke on a stick of novelty gum. The humorous intent doesn’t make it OK. In fact, the humourous intent makes it insidious.

        December 14, 2012 at 8:01 pm

  2. I can’t watch videos on my slow connection, and I’ve never watched Family Guy, so I don’t know what this video is about. I do know that the first step to creating a dictatorship is disarming the public. It’s happened time and again throughout history, No, gun control isn’t the answer. I’m in agreement with Gov. Huckabee who said we’ve kicked God out of our schools; and if we hadn’t kicked Him out on the front end of these school tragedies, perhaps His influence would be there to prevent them at the back end. You’re absolutely right, Geo. Reverence is dead, and God help us all.

    December 15, 2012 at 5:22 am

  3. Jim Cottrell

    Happened across this last night. Seems related to the post.
    Psalm 12:8
    The wicked strut about on every side
    When vileness is exalted among the sons of men.

    December 16, 2012 at 5:57 am

  4. Shawna

    Very interesting point. I think at times like this people want to take the easy way out. It’s easy to say ‘well, let’s just ban something’. In reality, the problem is much deeper and much more complicated.

    December 17, 2012 at 8:18 am

  5. Jim and Shawna, good posts. When I left mine the other day I was so devastated I couldn’t even think. The first thing the powers in charge always think is “ban guns”. Cars and alcohol are responsible for more deaths than are guns, but the “powers” don’t insist on outlawing them. Violent video games, TV shows and movies (as well as sick humor, as Geo pointed out) systematically desensitize not only our youth, but older people as well; but no one in charge ever suggests they be banned either. Yes, the problem goes deep, and is too complicated for my addled brain to solve. Perhaps sometimes it could be as simple as accepting personal responsibility. I don’t understand why the mother of an obviously troubled young man would buy a rapid-fire assault rifle for her son’s use. She paid the ultimate price for her mistake, God rest her soul.

    December 18, 2012 at 7:58 pm

  6. And just for the record, in case I didn’t make it clear, I agree with every word Geo said.

    December 18, 2012 at 8:05 pm

  7. Thanks, Zixi, and Shawna and Jim.

    I am not suggesting banning any form of media or even boycotting them, necessarily. Frankly, I don’t think the media is the primary problem. I think the media simply reflects (and admittedly promotes) a cultural progression toward nihilism (nothing has meaning) and postmodernism (there is no truth). When culture succeeds in removing all of the classical refuges for the sick or desperate individual– when it celebrates the idea that all of the old reverences are not only abolished, but ridiculous– it creates an environment where mental illness can, and inevitably will, metastasize into monstrous violence.

    December 18, 2012 at 8:22 pm

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