Kim Hudson: Family values set our societal tone

We are a nation scared. We are ruled by our fear and our emotions.

We are constantly on guard for what might happen next. We’ve become desensitized to the violence in our world by the images constantly bombarding us.

We seem to have lost our faith in humanity.

We are living in a time of armed security guards in our airports, at events and our schools. We don’t even blink an eye anymore.

We hear about school shootings, gang activity, armed robberies and we turn off the news.

We lock our doors. We don’t stop for gas at night anymore. We buy guns to protect ourselves and our families.

We are scared.

After the tragic shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in December 2012, gun sales increased. Twenty children and six adults were killed at the school that day and the debate over gun safety rose to unprecedented levels. Still, just last week a 9 year old girl in Arizona accidently shot and killed a gun instructor at a shooting range while he was teaching her how to shoot an Uzi.

We have a fascination with guns and violence. Look at our movies, our video games, our pastimes.

Common sense has gone by the wayside.

We’ve lost trust in those who are trained to protect us. We listen to opinions of news reporters and news stations who sensationalize violence, instead of forming our own opinions.

We debate, argue and blame. We hide, cower and question. But we are slow to act.

Many feel our government is too intrusive – governing too much of our personal lives. People don’t want more limits, they want more freedoms. They ask for less involvement so our rights will not be violated.

But I wonder if that is what’s best for our youth today?

Growing up in today’s society with fewer two-parent homes than ever, more violence and less guidance – I wonder if fewer limits are really what’s needed? I’m not blaming guns or movies or video games for what is happening in our world today. But we cannot deny the impact they are having.

Nor can we deny the significance of our action or lack thereof.

What we do now will greatly impact our society for generations to come. Our lack of faith in humanity did not happen overnight. What do we do to turn that around?

I don’t have the answers. I don’t think stricter gun laws and more restrictions on movies and games is the only answer – although I do think it’s a start. Family values play a huge role in setting the tone for our society.

Lowering our standards has not worked. Take a look around. What are our kids watching, listening to, playing, exposed to? What would you change?

When decisions are made based on fear the outcome is rarely a positive one. And when we react without knowing all the facts we only help spread more fear. To restore our faith in humanity, we have to let go of our fear. Fear is immobilizing, but nothing will change if we are afraid to act.

Contact Kim Hudson at tkhudson@comcast.net.

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