I began teaching my high school students about the incidents of the past world wars, and they kept looking with an expressionless face as though i needed to add a little fiction or fantasy to make history look more intresting. Feeling bewildered, i asked about their favourite movies and beautifully, vampire and horror movies topped the chart (well i didnt expect something else however), so i figured out what they wanted to hear, and it was at least something as horrorful as vampire diaries or even worse off if possible.
We think earth has gradually incorporated herself into a seeming unity amidst the several civil discords, and thats not a lie, she have succeded in keeping the horrors of the past under check by discussing the horrors of having an alien or a vampire around.
So kids ask “when ‘ we gonna see the starwars?” because they’ve watched it in the movies, and some even vehemently argue that they are real.
Several analysts linked up the rise of gun violence in the US to the portrayal of such on screen, and no one said anything about it.
Kids now find it amusing to watch others sever off human heads and it seem so intresting “well its on screen” they say, “it’s got nothing to do with reality.” Thus we face a new kid-teen revolution, which is one of emotionlessness (amongst some) in the sight of painful realities.
If these were concentrated in one continent, it would have required a continental solution, however even to the poorest regions of Africa and Asia, the younger generation find more interest in watching blood-filled movies, than reality-based films unless in places there exist uncanny religious restrictions.
How did we get here?
When we began feeling that demystifying violence meant portraying the very same acts to kids,
when we began feeling more comfortable with having our kids use their arms than their brains,
when we disgustfully put off teaching our kids morals feeling they will learn better when they grow up (and of course they do learn, but whom they learn from is the real issue).
For a long time society have began to loose it’s grip on what parenting should be or look like. Certain parents feel putting restrictions on some actions of our kids rips them off their freedom, however it may seem, freedom unchecked only breeds free-doom.
It isn’t a big deal to our kids to glorify murder, violence and law-breaking. They’ve seen it on screen, and it sounds pretty intresting when their friends talks about it in school too.
Though it feels strange to imagine having another full scale conventional warfare, yet our societies are currently at war with the flow of information that gets to our kids.
Who knows, this just could be the next world war we haven’t started fighting yet; and hope we don’t wake up soon to find that we have already lost it.