I see that Karen Aim’s Killer was a 14 year old boy at the time of her murder. I have been thinking about how a 14 year old could do such a heinous deed. How could a 12 year old like Bailey Kauriki help kill Michael Choy? How could two 15 year old girls murder an old man? The answer is obvious.
These are not children.
When I was 14, I was interested in Astronomy and the opposite sex. Because I was a geek, I liked galaxies more than girls. I could have no more killed a person than travelled to another galaxy. I was still a child. There were a couple of 16-year-olds who I knew slightly who were members of a local gang. They were unruly, got drunk, smoked and occasionally smashed windows. They did not murder people either. They were probably still children as well.
But these are not children.
These callous murderers who kill without remorse are the product of a system that pummels them with an adult world and adult viewpoints 24/7. And I am not talking about “adult” in the sense of “adult” porn stores. I mean how adults feel, how they think, how they react. It screams at them from all media, from the movies they watch and the music videos they see. It shouts at them from the stores in the mall. Schools treat them like small adults. Even their parents fail to hide their adult arguments and adult games.
Adulthood is thrust upon them but they are not given the tools to handle it.
They are told that an adult can do anything s/he wants. But they are not shown the boundaries that keep us from the precipice. Instead of accountability, they develop nihilism.
They are told that adult can have anything s/he wants. But they are not shown that it takes much work and sacrifice. Instead of ambition, they develop entitlement.
They are told that an adult can be anything s/he wants. But they are not shown how to develop character . Instead of empathy, they develop narcissism.
These are not children. But they are not adults either.
Soon they find that they can’t do anything that they want. Their nihilism engenders apathy.
They find that they can’t have anything that they want. Their sense of entitlement makes them take, makes them steal.
They find that they can’t be anything that they want. Their narcissism drives them to anger.
Then they are told the biggest lie of all – the original lie from Eden.
Your Actions have no consequences – You can get away with it.
Then they plunge, like lemmings, over the edge.