Anyone who reads the daily newspapers in Malaysia would notice an increase in violent crimes over the last decade. These crimes include murders, assassination, robberies which resulted in serious injuries and even senseless killings. Reading those terrible headlines makes me wonder why our society has grown to be so violent.
When I was younger, violent crimes were rarely reported in the papers. That doesn’t mean that these crimes did not happen but perhaps at a frequency which is less alarming. People were more trusting and gentle in nature then I supposed.
During the last decade, if you watched carefully, it is easy to find the seeds of violence among our everyday lives. With the Internet, we get news from all around the world, some of which containing scenes of violence such as riots or war. There are the endless movies with more and more gory fight scenes. Video games are designed with more violence than ever nowadays.
Bombarded from so many sides with profusion of violence, it is no wonder youth these days are so insensitive to such acts that some even grew to enjoy watching it. This desensitisation to violence is subconsciously increasing the tolerance level of such gruesome acts resulting in bullying, gang fights and even killings among the youth.
The increase in violent crimes in Malaysia is also a by-product of development where the gap between the rich and poor continues to widen. The poor become more desperate and would resort to robbing or injuring someone for money. The affluent also become targets for kidnapping and other crimes. It’s all a viscious cycle.
As a parent, I try to educate my child on what is right or wrong and hope that their moral values are strong enough to resist the tide of decline in humanity. But we can only do so much to protect them from the violence of the world.
It is my hope that no harm shall come to anyone for no one deserves violence, no matter the intention. Love and peace is the only way forward so that mankind will not perish in its own hands.