The Toledo ghetto I was reared in was nothing like the ghettos in America today. While there was limited anarchy in the Red Light District, while adults often lived contrary to the way they wanted their children to behave, while drugs, alcohol, gambling, and sexual slavery was available to anyone who gravitated to that sort of lifestyle, those who engaged in it tended to stir children away from it. In other words, the practitioners of vice were not only seen as authority figures, they were, in most cases, respected as authority figures. They obviously believed in protecting the children in the neighborhood even though they themselves were profligates. Of course there were reprobates who didn’t adhere to normal standards of decency, people who crossed every line, when it came to legal tender no matter how old the customer was. But they were the exception, not the rule.
Not so today. Respect and selflessness is virtually extinct. The strange thing is that those who want and in many cases demand respect are the very ones who respect nothing and no one, not even themselves. I’ve often heard young people say, “I respect those who respect me.” Really? Respect is not an innate trait indigenous to human beings. In other words, it isn’t natural, just as obedience isn’t natural. Both have to be taught to young minds and reinforced on a daily basis to curb the desire to let selfishness dictate actions, resulting in total anarchy, leading to oblivion, which, by the way, is rapidly approaching.
We clearly see the approach of anarchy every time someone walks into a school or a place of business with a gun to annihilate as many people as they can before the police stop them. What I find interesting is that the very indoctrination centers that fostered whatever belief system they have is often the target of their wrath whether they attack elementary schools, high schools, or universities. Sadly, attacks on schools are so common place that most don’t make the nightly news anymore. Consider the number of shootings in 2013 alone http://www.ryot.org/you-wont-believe-how-many-school-shootings-there-were-in-2013/534321.