AMERICAN MILITARISM REVISITED
I published a previous article on my website “www.peacepossible.org”; titled “American Militarism: Birth of a Nation. Just to put in context here is part of the article;
Mirror Neurons. When you watch another persons activity or action your brain fires neurons as if you were doing the action. Most are hailing this great new discovery. But how about when a video games has a sword slicing and dicing, or MMA fight beating the blood our of some lady on the floor. Our mirror neurons are firing with each punch, our limbs are stopped short by the brain from actually moving our fist, but it’s playing it out. Thus in Cops reality shows, Violent Sports, Video Games, Violent Movies, and headline news if they reported world news instead of mostly anti-Trump news, our children’s mirror neurons are firing away, our brain imitating all this.
This is alarming why, besides psychological effects, they have discovered Brain plasticity. This is where the brain is capable of “rewiring” itself for frequent activities, emotions etc. Then new discoveries in epigenetics have discovered a limited plasticity to DNA. Research now indicates your DNA and neuropathways are altered by experience, PREPARING THE NEXT GENERATION FOR WAR
As many as 97% of US kids age 12-17 play video games…. More than half of the top 50 video games contain violence. Violent video games have been blamed for school shootings, bullying, and violence towards women. (PROCON.ORG, 06/03/16)
By age 18, a U.S. youth will have seen 16,000 simulated murders and 200,000 acts of violence. American Psychiatric Association –(PARENTAL TELEVISION COUNSIL)
American sports become more violent every year. Wrestling looks brutal, MMA fighting is brutal. Watch a MMA match fight and the below video and enough said.
Much research data, and opinions have come out about the effect of Video games and Violent TV supporting one position or another of the effect on youth. Common sense alone would tell me it’s going to de-synthesize people toward violence, and make it more acceptable mentally.
However some of the latest scientific findings stress, and environment. This is what needs research and study.
There is increasing evidence that epigenetic mechanisms, such as DNA methylation, are present across species, are modifiable by the environment, and are involved in developmental plasticity. (National Library of Medicine ,National Institutes of Health HHS public access).
(There is much data, more palatable on TED, YouTube, Wikipedia and Google search engine)
In conclusion are we building bionic soldiers, capable of more violence each generation. Not only soldiers, but criminals, democrat leftist demonstrators, and Berkley University. Furthermore, have we been doing this increasingly this millennium. Our frog is now dead. We are headed as a nation toward a polar opposite of peace, and increasingly toward greater militarization, violence, and hatred. Will this eventually create the destruction of our nation?
Above Posted: James Kirk-Wiggins © May 2017
The above taken from the original article; explains the possible effects our violence may have on current and future generations. May seems like a long time ago. So much hate, protest, and violence since this article was written. It seems very possible our building up a New Sparta and Bionic Soldiers of the future, intentional or not, may be like so many Sci Fi movies of Bioengineering gone bad.
I mentioned cultural violence, and leftist demonstrations previously. Yet with this explosive surge of violence with the Antifa, Neo-Nazi’s, and the liberal Fascist Media becoming outrageously aggressive, biased, and igniting hate.
The Liberal Fascist Media has become a propaganda arm of the Antifa, and Liberal Democrat Fascist. Movies, TV shows, sitcoms, and late night TV all are following a radical agenda.
Thus, as the above stated, have we pumped this violence into our culture through violence in TV, Movies, Video Games, Gangsta Music, and increasingly violent sports. Also the prison boot camps of violence, have ever growing population increases due to mandatory three strike sentencing for very minor offenses. Placing young people in prison for small portions of Marijuana, crack, cocaine, ecstasy etc. is a failure in our judicial system. Fueling the violence of gangs, and personal violence.
The influx of illegal aliens during the Obama administration, with gang connections, such as MS 13, and an open door for the flow of drugs, has exacerbated the violence meter to boiling.
In conclusion, we must address not just the criminal elements, the extremist radicals, the hate propaganda media, but also our culture. We must become a kinder, gentler people and spend our leisure time minimizing aggression and stress. We must come to a conclusion as a nation that we are not well. We are not as a culture mentally healthy. We are angry, hateful, and aggressive. We have as a nation a personality disorder. Our culture must curtail violence in TV, Movies, Video Games, Gangsta Music, and violent sports.
We no longer have social controls such as a nuclear family, religion, schools teaching civics, sports teaching good sportsmanship. We must get back to our roots based on Christianity, whether you are Christian or not. They taught us how to treat our neighbors, do unto others and we would have done to us. To love your enemy. To be tolerant and loving. Even Christians have seemed to lost Jesus, and becoming more political, judgemental, and less tolerant.
Who do we want to be?
We must examine our nation, our people, and our culture. Before we consume each other, or become irrelevant through disunity and weakness.
James Kirk-Wiggins (c) September 9, 2017
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