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Where Are We Headed and What Has the World Come To

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As Lily Tomlin said, “ The problem with the rat-race is that even if you win, you’ re still a rat. ” So, even when people who’ ve worked hard and made countless sacrifices win in the end, they realize that the prize does not make up for the losses on the way. They end up feeling frustrated, empty and helpless. We all know such people and sympathize, empathize or criticize them. And yet, do we really ensure that we are not following them down the same path? The next time you let child get stuck in front of the TV or heat up a quick microwave-dinner, spare a moment to decide whether you are willing to make the same sacrifices.

"One of the few good things about modern times: If you die horribly on television, you will not have died in vain. You will have entertained us. " -- Kurt Vonnegut (http: //www. Apart from the excessive mechanization of our lives, which understandably is unavoidable for many, another major blight affecting society is the rising morbidity. Children, adults, teenagers alike in surprisingly large numbers read about or witness perversity every day.

And not all of it is forced upon them! Mutilated bodies on the News, innumerable slasher movies, video games in which to win one needs to sever the limbs of the enemy: these have become so common in our lives that one ceases to be shocked by them anymore. This numbing of people’ s emotions, their lack of shock and horror at gore is fodder enough for the scariest movie yet! ‘ The Macabre’ has become so much part of our lives that “ morbid is a genre of jokes, all by itself.

Rather an oxymoronic one would think. Perhaps sadder than the dehumanization and bloodthirstiness of our generation is the fragmentation of family values. According to Sarah Wilkins in Mother Jones, 43% of first marriages end within 15 years in the United States. html) If children are to grow up recognizing only one parent, then it can scarcely be expected of them to reinforce cohesion in their own families later as adults. This vicious cycle keeps accelerating the pace of disintegrating families, faster than Census Bureau can keep up!    

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