“Thou Shalt Not Kill means thou shalt not murder:
You shall not murder” (Exodus 20:13, NKJV throughout).
“Strive not to be a success, but to be of value.” Albert Einstein
“Your ordinary acts of love and hope point to the extraordinary promise that every human life is of inestimable value.” Desmond Tutu
“Attachment refers to a deep and enduring emotional bond that connects one person to another across time and space. For example, some of the greatest sources of joy involve falling in love, starting a family, reuniting with distant loved ones, and sharing experiences with close others.”
- Three were arrested for 1st-degree murder in Colorado rock-throwing incidents that killed a 20-year-old driver.
- ABCNews.com · by ABC News
- Authorities said three suspects were arrested for allegedly throwing large landscaping rocks toward at least seven cars on Colorado roads last week. The last of the seven incidents claimed the life of 20-year-old driver Alexa Bartell.
- The suspects, all 18-year-old high school seniors, were taken into custody at their parents’ homes in Arvada overnight. They are all facing charges of first-degree murder, with extreme indifference, the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office announced Wednesday morning. Additional charges are expected, authorities said.
Mass murders, individual murders, assaults, random acts of violence, racial hatred, etc.
Extreme indifference, also known as depraved indifference, is a legal term used in violent crimes to describe a state of mind in which a person displays a reckless and wanton disregard for human life.
These were boulder size rocks that were thrown, heavy, and must have been difficult to lift, much less throw. It is important to state that more cars and drivers were targeted during this tragedy. Still, it was a miracle that there were no more fatalities.
In violent crimes, extreme indifference typically refers to a situation where a person engages in dangerous or potentially deadly behavior without regard for the safety of others, even though they are aware of the risk that their actions pose.
The latest reports are that the perpetrators had no remorse.
What causes extreme indifference to the life of other people?
There is no single cause of teenage violence, as various factors can influence it. Some contributors to teenage violence may include:
- Family environment: A chaotic or violent family environment, including abuse, neglect, or exposure to domestic violence, can increase the likelihood of violent behavior in teens.
- Peer pressure: Adolescents may feel pressure from their peers to engage in violent behavior or be influenced by the actions of their friends.
- Mental health issues: Mental health problems, such as depression, anxiety, or conduct disorder, may increase the risk of violent behavior in teens.
- Substance abuse: The use of drugs or alcohol can impair judgment and increase aggression, leading to violent behavior.
- Exposure to violence in media: Repeated exposure to violent images in video games, movies, or social media can desensitize teens to violence and make it seem like an acceptable way to solve problems.
Gabor Mate, a world-famous medical Canadian physician and author of several extremely important books, whose recent book Hold On to Your Kids, focuses on the theme that peers, during childhood and into adolescence, now exert more influence than parents. Dr. Mate asserts parents must regain control and not permit social, economic, political, and social media pressures to control the behavior and attitudes of their children and teenagers.
In the tragedy described in the ABC News article, the three young men were friends. They were High School Seniors, although they attended different schools.
Most teenagers do not engage in violent behavior. But violence is never acceptable. If you or someone you know struggles with violent behavior, seeking help from a mental health professional or other trusted authority figure is important.
Attachment bonds are extremely important, as they provide a sense of security, comfort, and support essential for healthy human development. Attachment bonds are typically formed between infants and their caregivers. Still, they can also be formed between adults in close relationships.
Research has shown that secure attachment bonds in infancy are associated with a range of positive outcomes later in life, including better emotional regulation, higher self-esteem, and better interpersonal relationships. Insecure attachment bonds can lead to negative outcomes, including anxiety, depression, and difficulty forming close relationships.
Attachment is also important for mental health and well-being throughout the lifespan. For example, adults with secure attachment bonds have better mental health outcomes, including lower levels of anxiety and depression.
These bonds are crucial for healthy human development and essential to forming healthy relationships throughout life.
Tragedies like these are not the fault of parents. It is a mistake to blame everything on parents. Rather, violence is a complicated issue that involves the entire society of the United States.
Attachment means that from birth and throughout our lives, we need physical contact with other loving human beings. Babies, children, teenagers, and adults need hugs and kisses. The old saying about “a pat on the back” says it all. Yes, all of us need a pat on the back. We need many pats on the backs, along with hugs. There is an old saying that you cannot give a hug without getting a hug.
How do we protect our children and teenagers as a nation, communities, and families?
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