Bored waiting for my next workshop at uni to start.. so here I am...
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Others say it's a black problem. (These comments surprise me... no-one has dibs on violence. We're all capable.)
In fairness, that comment is born of the fact that it is very disproportionately black people commiting the stabbings. So pretending it's not might cause us to miss something important. But yeah, you're right, it everyone's capable and indeed, all races seem all to happy to contribute to the violence given the oppurtunity *coughschavscough*.
I can't even begin to scratch at the surface of this topic very well, runs far to deep. For example multiple killings within a week aren't exactly new to the world. Remember the cray twins
? It's weird, back then people weren't as afraid of violence then as now. Infact they were almost celebrities of a form. In that case you could argue that it's not a case of things being worse than before, it's more the way we view them.
Like how in the gulf war, we now say it was wrong to use depleted uranium shells because of the high cancer rates of people that were shot but then survived. Can you imagine going to a scientist of the second world war, and telling them to be careful of the bullets they design.. it might have health implications on the people shot by them.
A lot of the noise created recently is a case of the times we live in where people are a lot more easy to outrage than they were in the past, I am not particularly sure Londons ever been a safer or more dangerous than nowadays at any point in it's history to be honest.
If that is the case (a big IF there I know), then the cause of violence is something that's been around since we've been keeping records. Maybe it's just intrinsic about big cities that the anonimity of being in a crowded city creates more oppurtunity to get away with things like murder, and violence.
Maybe as some research has suggested, humans are 'supposed' to live in smaller social groups. Our powers to adapt mean that we're making a success of bigger communities, but at this new cost of feeling unable to care as much about thy neighbour.
Hmm.. I have some alternative theories too...
Maybe it's just a numbers game.. London has around 7 million people in it. That's more than wales and scotland combined. I wonder how many people are killed per 7 million people in the country. I have no idea to be honest. I am writing this part of the post as my brain thinks it up (this is a first for me..). But it would be interesting to see if cities and big towns have more violence per population amount as outside of them.
I know almost all of my neighbours, In England I didn't.
That's only really true of the towns and cities of england, the further into rural lands you get, the more community like the towns becomes. At least in my experience of england. It's an odd thing too. When I visit my friends in rural england, I find my brain switching into a different mode, it's suddenly perfectly normal for neighbours to come round and knock on my friends door just to say hello because they heard he has visitors (I quite like that
Oh.. here's something you guys might be interested to hear about.
A economist named Steven Levitt
(author of the book freakonmics) made a contravershial but hard to ignore theory. It's never been proven, but it has a wide amount of support in the states, and a lot of the governments of the world quietly took notice. In the states in the 90s there was a unpredicted fall in violent crime in many major cities, the government jumped on the statistics claiming it to be the new harsher sentencing policies, and new policing attitudes that got the job done. Problem was that as more states and cities took on the policies they couldn't replicate the effect. Steven Levitt suggested the link was a more subtle one. Basically 20 years earlier abortion was legalised across the states, in the 90s all of these kids that would have been born didn't exist. The crime rate fall was a result of that. The types of families that were going for abortions were basically mothers not in a situation to be able to support their children very well in poor areas. With abortions being legalised a lot of those same familes had their abortions and then 20 years later.. crime rate fall.
It would follow to say that in the past, our prudish attitudes of no sex before marriage, and taboos on single motherhood 'forced' us into situation where we were in a better position to support our children (this all assumes of course the crime rate was indeed lower than now, which I am on the fence about).
When sex between unmarried teens became more and more of an acceptable norm. With more and more people not in the best position to bring up kids started having children. Then children from those familes are more likely to grow up into people that are more likely to commit violent crimes.
Man.. I'll get flamed for that paragraph if people read.. But I'll elaborate some more. I'm not saying "if you have sex out of wed lock you WILL produce thuggish children". I am not even sure I like the idea of marriage yet. It would be foolish for me to suggest we should return to ways of old.
Infact the stats also suggest, that a teenage mother who waits until their late 20s (preferably 30s) for their second child, has the same chance of raising grand lovely children as someone who has all their children in a stable relationship. It's more that the theory is saying that people who have kids when they are not ready are having a high proportion of the children that go on to commit crimes. (If you're wondering and still reading this far then yes, it is a lot of black people at the moment that are teenage mothers and fathers, and parents without jobs.)
It would also then follow that in smaller communities where everyone knows everyone. A lot of people don't particularly want the scandals like " ooh did you here that Anne that works part time in the post office slept with Cecil from Morton secondary school? I here she's pregnant with twins" cropping up every month. So it's kinda instilled a lot more vigorously than in more crowded places where as far as people are concerned losing your virginity 16 means you're the 'lamest person eva!!'.
Ok.. I have touched on race, culture, teenage pregnancy, the media.. shall I go onto religion.. nah.. I'll stop now... I may want to ramble on some other topic..