New Era?

I discussed this with several friends who are roughly the same age as me. We could not recall things like the Connecticut school shooting, or the Colorado cinema shooting happening back in the 1960s and 1970s. If anyone recalls comparable events from that era, please refresh my recollection.

The point is not nostalgia. Rather, I am curious what has changed over the years so that we now seem to have such events on a depressingly regular basis. Mental illness has always been with us. Guns were pretty freely available in the 1960s and 1970s. There were even violent TV shows back then. What has changed? I look forward to others' comments. I don't even have a theory on this one.
HStoner HStoner
51-55, M
1 Response Dec 15, 2012

I don't know for sure but I think that as the world becomes more materialistic and distracted by stuff and selling stuff and buying STUFF they lose touch with the deeper and more meaningful things that helps keep us stable and a bit more sane.

Parents are guilty of a lot of this with the new kids coming up. Some are too busy trying to keep up with the Jones and buying stuff to keep track of their own kids and nurture them properly....

The media makes it all worse by constantly throwing things at people that make them feel like they have to own certain STUFF and look certain ways to be, "good enough" that leads to more problems and it all ends up being a huge, dangerous snowball going down a BIG hill....

I think there is much more at fault too but I honestly think this whole superficial....sales game for STUFF is maybe subtracting from some folks ability to see other humans as humans...