Regular readers know that Dredd Blog, in order to try to determine what is ahead, tends to look out the windshield to focus on what is coming, rather than looking in the rear view mirror to focus on what has passed by.
The notion that "the past will tell the future because history always repeats itself" can be a false way of thinking ahead, because logically only what is coming is the future, and only what has already gone by is the past.
We were looking ahead in the post Pop a Cap For Jesus and Justice when we discussed a case where the police shot a man in open court who was protesting a speed trap. How will that affect the teens there in that traffic court who were thinking of becoming peace officers?
That man who was protesting the speed trap who was gunned down in court was the Fire Chief. How will that affect the teens there in that traffic court who were thinking of becoming firemen?
In the post Terrorism and Hate Crimes Merging? we quoted some political figures who implied that if they didn't win at the ballot box they would use the bullet box. How will that affect the teens there at the political rally who were thinking of becoming elected officials?
Yesterday in Constitutional Ignorace Kills The Judge we faulted national leaders for glorifying massive displays of violence.
In The Greatest Source of Power Toxins? we quoted an American Sage or two who pointed out that wars will damage a nation for as long as those wars last, and destroy a nation if they last long enough. How will endless wars affect the teens there watching the TV who are thinking of getting some glory?
These cases all point out that even though trickle down economics does not work, trickle down violence does "work".
That is, the young are inevitably pulled into the growing realm of violence if those they look up to glorify violence, because violence trickles down, yes, it runs downhill as fast as the current gravity will allow.
Leaders do not convince the young by glorifying war, where hundreds of thousands of innocent people are massacred, by later condemning a tiny-by-comparison massacre.
The young are not stupid, but they are pliable. They know the difference between a pile of crap and a hamburger.
So MOMCOM, even though it is not possible for you to feel shame, it is possible for you to eventually feel the fruits of the seeds you plant around this world every day.