Is it possible that along with the sensationalism of today’s media that social media is propagating violence and tragedies that are the workings of mankind? Think about this as I present a somber snapshot of this week…
I am sitting here reflecting on the horrific tragedies of this week; ten dead in three separate incidents of violence in Chicago, 3 dead in a mall shooting in Portland, multiple shots fired in a Southern California mall, murder-suicide in the lobby of a Las Vegas hotel-casino and of course the horrific tragedy in Connecticut that took the lives of 26 people. This does not take into account the numerous inner city acts of violence that happen on a daily basis. Frighteningly tragic acts that words cannot adequately express!
Our society is morally bankrupt. We live in a world of entitlement and “you owe me” attitudes. There is very little personal accountability. Greed and the “me first” attitudes are the focal points of our society. People, through channels that the devil himself has personally devised, are creating every possible way to break down the moral fabric of our society. We are truly living in end times. Paul wrote in his second letter to Timothy, “But know this, that in the last days perilous times will come: for men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, unloving, unforgiving, slanderers, without self-control, brutal, despisers of good, traitors, headstrong, haughty, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, having a form of godliness but denying its power. And from such people run away!” 2 Timothy 3:1-5.
Yesterday, my wife and I were attending church with relatives in a neighboring town. It is a nice sized church filled with mostly retirees who live quiet lives. We were there to celebrate with them a special Christmas program. During the special music segment of the program, a man walked in, dressed in all black with his hair done in dreadlocks, and walked up to the front of the church. He turned to face the audience then proceeded to point his fingers at his head in the form of a handgun. He proceeded to take his fist and pretend to stuff it in his mouth. He then said that “God loves you” and “it’s the Sabbath”. Very quickly some men got up and gently escorted him out of the sanctuary and off the property. We found out later that he made a statement on the way out that he was going to kill people. The whole scenario was unnerving to say the least.
It seems very clear to me that when a tragedy of monumental proportions occurs, that the copycats come out of the closet. Could it be that through means of the media that we are seeing these events propagated? These individuals whose minds are so mentally deranged or demon possessed that they, “have to go out in a blaze of glory”, feel compelled to destroy the lives of as many people as possible prior to ending their own lives. When this happens, whether through social media channels or the mainstream media, the villains are almost personified as some demonic hero. We spend too much time analyzing these evil individuals. We should be minimizing them. Minimize their horrific acts…act as if they are irrelevant. The majority of time should be spent attending to the needs of the victims, showing our compassion for them, imprinting their pictures all over the media as well as the blogosphere so that we will bring full circle that these people were individuals just like us, and like us they have friends and families who are devastated…who will never be the same.
Maybe it is time that we take a different approach with social media…one of compassion and healing. Let’s turn this page into one of empowering love. Make a difference.
The Empowered Entrepreneurial Magnets.
P.S. This is a message that I am sure resonates with all of you. Make a difference today…share this with your friends and those who follow you on your social sites.