With all this talk about social issues lately (mass shootings, school violence, etc...) I think it would be a good time to start a thread about our society in general. The issues, the positives, everything. I've always believed that an isolated, narccissist society cannot stand. Eventually it falls into a sort of chaos. Much of what we are seeing now, especially with the mass shootings are not the problems, they are symptoms of deeper social issues we are facing. So, what do we do? We try to cover up the problem with laws. But these issues we are facing cannot be hidden under a blanket of laws because it's not a political issue. It's an issue of who we are as a society. http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2012/12/17/guns-mass-killings-worldwide/1776191/ Look at us...really look. We spend more time with our face in our cellphones texting and surfing the web than we do actually talking. WE've made men showing an emotion a stigma. Sure, we men socialize with our friends (if we have any) but we don't TALK. We try to avoid anything that makes us look vulnerable or "weak" as perceived by society. So, instead of talking we just blow our brains out because we can't take whatever stress we're dealing with at the time. We're also a society that suffers from exteme self importance. Take a look at our society and you will see that nearly everything is designed to give us what we want, when we want it. We don't want to wait, we have no patience. We want it NOW. Why? Because we "DESERVE" it. And that self important, extreme narcissistic behaviour has been passed on to the next generation. (just look at any reality tv show for proof of that) The youth of today have become so self-entitled that when they don't get their way they get angry. Keep in mind that violence and narcissism are linked. Going back to isolation, just take a look at the typical overworked, stressed out American family. We spend more time with our electronics and our jobs than we do actually parenting and then we're shocked when our kids become murderers. I could go onto the lack of real change in the mental health field...but that's a whole 'nother thing. After all, if we are so screwed up as a society, how can we hope to deal with those worse off than us?