Friday, April 03, 2009

Cracks

Headline: 13 Killed by a shooter in Binghamton, New York.

As the economic downturn gets worse the stress is beginning to show. I know what all of you are thinking. “Beginning to show”, is he out of his mind. The financial markets have been plummeting for more than a year.

The stress I am talking about is of a different kind. It began as an annoyance here and an annoyance there. But over the past couple of months, random acts of violence have been on the rise. Almost on a daily basis you hear of someone who went on a shooting spree. What is even more disturbing about this trend is that most of these cases end up with the killer ending his or her life as well. What does it say about our society when fathers think of turning on their own children?

We always conclude that terrorists become suicidal when they have nothing to lose. When all hope has died and they are singly focused on inflicting pain on the enemy at the cost of their own life. Now if you extrapolate the same to these random incidents of civilian shootings, who is the enemy here. Looks like it is the society that is the enemy and the shooter has basically reached the end of the road living in this society. The only thing left for them to do is to inflict as much pain as possible before bidding farewell.

All this always seems to come to a boil when money becomes strained. Does this mean that our society is overwhelmingly defined in terms of money? What does this say about the viability and merits of pure unadulterated capitalism?

Either way, I hope this economic crisis is fixed soon. It’s scary how the cracks have begun to show so quickly.