Let's talk about this...
A friend just pointed me to this story, about the beating of a high school cheerleader by her peers. Abducted, locked in a house that was guarded by two boys, a young woman was beaten for 35 minutes. She lost consciousness momentarily but when she awoke, her peers continued to pummel her. She's lost sight and hearing on her left side, and it remains to be seen if she will recover fully. After the beating, she was forced into a car, driven elsewhere, and then forced out as the perpetrators sped away.
Read the story, but I'm not sure you should watch the video. It's too much for me. Even more disturbing, the original site on which I viewed this had google ads related to the topic, and the ads were all targeted to teenage girls, about dieting and looking great. What do you think....
1) Myspace and the trash talking that goes on there is doing to people?
2) about the strange juxtaposition of a story about cheerleader jealousy and ads for dieting?
3) about the lack of conscience that would lead the perpetrators to ask whether what they'd done would mean they wouldn't be able to go to the beach for spring break?
4) events like this say about what we value as a culture?
5) what values are most important to build into ministries among high school and college students
When I read this stuff, my heart is sickened, not only by the deeds, but worse, by our collective growing insensitivity to such deeds. We're a nation that's not only desperately sick, but is also blind to our illness. Our collective capacity to deflect blame, as articulated so powerfully in Jack Johnson's song, only makes things worse. God help us...
I welcome your thoughts.