It is disturbingly worrying to see so many young individuals turning to violence to resolve certain situations. What is worst, however, is that they are turning to weapons to carry out their violent crimes, which results in further trauma.
In this world, it appears that we have a problem with communication, especially us young people. We spend countless hours using technology and prefer to communicate via Twitter, WhatsApp or Snapchat, which makes communicating in the real world a lot harder.
There are numerous issues, arguments or disagreements that can or could have been solved through effective communication, but instead we get agitated or offended, which leads to further problems and in some cases, violence.
In America, we see that individuals have turned to guns, while here in England, individuals have turned to knives. It seems like it is easier to take someone out or cause them harm, rather than talk to them, which simply does not make sense.
Violent crime leads to further hurt and pain, for both parties involved and their loved ones. When did a prison sentence become more appealing than a conversation? When did we stop having respect for human life?
In society, we need to learn to talk to one another in a rational manner and have respect for one another. However, when I say respect, I do not mean this warped issue of respect that some young people seem to have. I mean real, deep-rooted respect.
We need to care about one another, learn to understand those around us, and most of all, respect human life. The question that now remains is: Where do we start?