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Decay Point: Anesthetized Youth

Never have I imagined that what I saw the other morning on YouTube would take place.

Societal decay desiccates many, if not all, of its valuable features. Its atrophic crumble can be seen in desolate neighborhoods, abandoned youth, personal irresponsibility, and blithely glib leadership; its fetid smell wafts from spoiled brats, contagious selfishness, narcissism, and meretricious celebrities and the worshipping thereof; and it is heard in cravenous silence and ghoulishly giddy laughter at the harm of the innocent.

At its root, its core, the essence of the decay, is the culture itself. Never have I imagined that what I saw the other morning on YouTube would take place, let alone in this country. Maybe it’s naivete; maybe it’s the pervasiveness of information in the modern age, where these things have always occurred throughout my lifetime, but previously I never heard about them unless it was local; or maybe it’s how I grew up, and such horrors don’t penetrate my mind voluntarily. But what I saw is truly horrifying, not only in the brutal act itself, but the insouciant laughter and jokes that accompanied the images in the video.

The video shows ghostly blurred faces moving about a room at an event that is reported to have occurred in a small town about 40 miles outside of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. In the video (I’m not going to link to it, and I pray its a sick joke) the ghostly youthful brats are heard laughing about the rape of a girl while she is passed out. They’re laughing, joking, and giggling about the rape while the rape apparently is still going on or has just concluded. I’ve seen acts of brutal cruelty before but never accompanied with such sanguine indifference. It’s truly disconcerting.

One would imagine there would be someone there to stop it, or at least there would be a craven silence. I’m not sure if it is even the cravenness of some of the people not directly involved and just walking around and filming. To be craven here, one would need to recognize that something evil and wrong is occurring and being just too cowardly to do anything about it. I’m not convinced that the empty souls in the video recognize what they’ve done or witnessed, or if it even dawned on them to ask themselves what’s happening to this person? To this human being? What if she was their sister, mother, grandmother, cousin, wife, girlfriend, friend, or future daughter? The absence of violent anger and outrage by the ghosts heard and blurred in the video is execrable and repulsive.

The values intrinsic in Western tradition and morals have been mentioned several times recently on GraniteGrok. One of the points that I think must be made, if not previously, is that the reason traditions, culture, and morals matter and must be handed from generation to generation is so that our society doesn’t suffer from a historic Alzheimers and flail and convulse through the same violent, wretched, and miserable territory our ancestors already cleared. The voice of tradition and history must reverberate throughout all aspects of life and not be stifled, not be silenced, and not be characterized anachronistic.

Can someone argue that this isn’t a decay point? That spoiled, irreverent youth have always been anesthetized from right and wrong in such a revoltingly repugnant way as is evidenced by the cavalier videotaping of themselves mocking their (alleged) crime?

God bless that poor girl.

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steve forte January 10, 2013 at 04:16 PM
It is actualy safer. Per capita , crime is down. Population has just increased dramaticly.
Watts January 10, 2013 at 08:00 PM
This article reads as if Scott just discovered thesaurus.com. This is terrible, but more of an anomaly today than it probably was 20+ years ago. The issue is of social paranoia, so that when we are brought face to face with things like this in 24/7 news cycles, social media, etc. it is perceived to be far more prevalent because so much of society doesn't see these things first hand. Not that I have ever seen anybody raped, but back in college a group of us went to a bar with 50 cent rinks and one girl from our group (who I knew quite well) must have drifted away and got passed out drunk. Later in the evening I was outside smoking and then four frat guys come walking out basically carrying her. I had never seen any of these guys before and knew that they had never been hanging out with our crew. I asked what they were doing and one guy said "His girlfriend got drunk and we are helping her home." I looked at the guy and said that's not your girlfriend, because she is my neighbor and I know her boyfriend. Here I was, just one guy with four drunk frat boys looking at me. But I could see in all their faces, that they looked so guilty and as if they had just been caught, so I just said "I'll make sure that she gets home ok" and they handed her over. They would have probably had a similar "good time" doing who knows what with her, as was depicted in that video. The difference is that people didn't all have video cameras in their pockets back then.
Watts January 10, 2013 at 08:13 PM
As far as the "kids of today" type thinking, I have to say that kids today are, in general much more tame than when I grew up. Out of my masters program, I entered into the music industry and put on concerts, clubs, etc. I watched the hedonistic hair metal world of the 80's turn into the emo/shoegazer/angst ridden scenes of the 90's into the 00's. From the bands to the audiences in attendance (mainly looking at youth culture under its most freewheeling context), I can say for a fact that youth of today are infinitely better behaved as a whole than they ever were when I was younger. This nation hit a level of decadent behavior for two decades between the late 60's to the late 80's, that by comparison makes todays youth seem absolutely boring. Not to say that there should be more decadent behavior, but there is no way to acuse todays kids of having some moral lapse greater than the lapses that came before them. To think otherwise would mean that you either lived under a rock or grew up exclusively in a post "Nevermind" era and even with that, should still be able to see the overall moral improvement of todays youth even over the previous two decades.
Scott Morales January 11, 2013 at 12:14 AM
Mike, I didn't bring up anything political, nor am I selling anything. I'm just sharing an observation of a tragedy, nothing more.
Super Fun Size January 11, 2013 at 12:49 AM
"Granite Grok — Dominating the Political Bandwidth in New Hampshire" That is your slogan, I didn't make it up.

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