A rabid pack of bikers chased down an SUV, pulled out the driver and beat him in front of his wife and daughter.
Why does a story like this sound so familiar?
- 300 teens break into house, throw a massive party, cause $20,000 worth of damage – outraged parents threaten to sue the victim after he reposts their social media selfies on his own website: link
- Members of a high school football team transport, undress, photograph, and repeatedly sexually assault a 16-year-old girl incapcitated by alcohol, documenting their actions on social media – the incident divides a small town, half the residents defend the actions of the accused (two of whom are later found guilty of rape under Ohio law): link
- A 15-year-old girl is raped at her homecoming dance while up to 20 witnesses watch – for over two hours no one notifies the police: link
- A man is part of a 30-motorcycle gang that terrorizes a car on a family and gets injured during the incident – the man’s wife demands that the victim be punished: link
- A teen soccer player in a recreational league received a yellow card from a volunteer referee, then punched the referee in the head which killed him: link
The futuristic Mad Max movies portray a post-apocalyptic world where groups of survivors fight over resources like gasoline. It’s kill or be killed in that horrific vision of an imagined possible future.
But, here today, stories like the examples above are far too common. I theorize it has something to do with a dearth of empathy in our modern society and that, in the vast majority of cases, “bad” behavior goes completely unpunished.
I’m just guessing but I bet 99.9999% of all reprehensible actions are never held accountable. Personal responsibility has largely become a myth.
An inability to feel any empathy towards members of one’s own society and an utter lack of consequences is a volatile mix. We seem to be hellbent on making the world of Mad Max seem civilized.
Hell, in most of these cases, we can’t even seem to agree on who should be held responsible. Good and bad, right and wrong, are being diluted to the point of irrelevance.
One way or another there will be consequences of that, too.