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December 22, 2012

What is the future of humanity?

NORMAN — This week I went to see the film “Lincoln.”

It was a fabulous depiction of President Lincoln’s unique leadership style and passion to abolish slavery.

Before the movie, there were over 15 trailers that promoted future productions. As I sat in the theater, I was emotionally disturbed by the violence of every one of these movies except one. I frequently looked away and covered my eyes because of the horror, cruelty, murder and abuse in these promotional clips.

I was disgusted that I was subjected to these disturbing media pieces.

I am truly saddened and concerned about the increasing promotion of violence in movies, television, music and books. Even the comic books and children’s literature heroes are portrayed as superfigures who control others, create pain and cause suffering. They represent dominance and power over others. They are a reflection of opposition not resolution.

They are characterized by fear not love.

What is the future of humanity. Our exposure to violence in public entertainment desensitizes us and promotes tolerance and acceptance of such negative behaviors. Violence shifts the values of our children, our society and our future. It robs our children of their innocence, plants seeds of disruption and corrupts the core of our moral standards. It weakens our unity and creates portals for despair. New computerized film technology now illustrates imaginative portrayals of violence and destruction.

Why is this the trend for public entertainment? Is this a true reflection of a shift in our values as to what is acceptable? If so, this acceptance and approval of violence scares the core of my being. I believe our increasing exposure to violence promotes crime and encourages fighting and rage.

I personally can’t support public venues of violence unless they are of historical value that will help us move forward in our efforts to unify our world ... and even this is a stretch for me.

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