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Combating Our Culture of Rage

Combating Our Culture of Rage
A memorial is placed before crime scene tape at Santa Fe High School, May 20, 2018 in Santa Fe, Texas, as federal investigators search for a motive in the deadly attack that killed 10 people two days ago in the rampage. (Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images)

By Monday, 21 May 2018 11:58 AM Current | Bio | Archive

Once again, this time in Santa Fe, Texas, America experienced another school shooting by a deranged, angry-at-the-world student.

And, reflexively and robotically, the usual suspects in politics, the media, and entertainment clamored for gun control and blamed the NRA.

Translation: gun control actually means law-abiding-citizen control. In case you’re no fan of history, nuts and criminals always have gotten and always will get guns, explosives, and other tools of murder and mayhem.

As one with a background in objective analysis and problem-solving, I prefer to zero in on what actually ails America: We have a culture of rage.

When I was a lad, one could purchase a gun easily at many hardware, department, and sporting-goods stores. Yet, we had no epidemic of mass-shootings.

If guns are so evil, they would have been evil then. They weren’t. They would have wreaked havoc then. They didn’t. We would have witnessed slaying after slaying — in schools and elsewhere. We didn’t.

That means guns aren’t evil, the panic over them unfounded.

What’s the difference between then and now?

We have more secularism (fewer core beliefs), less patriotism, fewer in-home fathers, bigger government, more entitlement, less societal uniformity, more gender ambiguity, the internet, and less maturity and self-discipline.

And more rage. Much more rage.

President Trump called members of MS-13 gangs "animals." In unison, the mainstream media and prominent Democrats, outraged as usual, immediately accused him of hating immigrants — until they had to eat crow for screaming before knowing the facts.

Children are taught to be outraged from birth. Outrage is a childish emotion that, once upon a time, our youth were expected and required to outgrow.

No longer.

Instead of learning how to face, cope with, and mature from adversity, the participation-trophy generation receives indoctrination in thought and speech and clothing, virtue-signaling, when to be triggered, and in protesting.

Instead of aspiring to become successful, our tykes are taught to hate success and those achieving and enjoying it.

Instead of enjoying our rich mixture of citizens, today’s kids learn to resent citizens (even the word citizen), especially if they’re white, conservative, and masculine men.

Instead of learning to debate, college students learn to fear and squelch it — by yelling, destroying property, and injuring those who are ready, willing, and able to challenge them.

Ironically, our youth are simultaneously taught conformity and anarchy.

A month after the February school shooting in Parkland, Florida, schools around the country closed one day for the March for Our Lives. In many precincts, teachers punished students who refused to protest. Seriously.

School principals, faculty, and unions led these protests. In fact, students were in the minority of the protestors. But, I assure you, they were taking notes.

Arne Duncan, secretary of education during the Obama administration, just challenged parents to boycott school until gun laws are changed. Let that sink in: the former secretary of education is advocating anarchy in schools.

So, where is today’s child going to learn to become a thoughtful, reasonable adult who can recognize and control his anger, to think before acting?

Let’s just say that there’s a paucity of role models.

Eventually, this generation of spoiled, easily offended, perpetually outraged, safespace-demanding kids will be your customers and employees. Do you think they’ll be good for business?

We don’t need gun control. We need rage control. Given the construct of our immature culture, there’s no immediate solution in sight.

Marc Rudov is a branding advisor to CEOs, speaker, media commentator, and author of "Brand Is Destiny: The Ultimate Bottom Line" and "Be Unique or Be Ignored: The CEO’s Guide to Branding." Find him at MarcRudov.com. For more of his reports, Go Here Now.

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Once again, this time in Santa Fe, Texas, America experienced another school shooting by a deranged, angry-at-the-world student.
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