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Friday, July 2, 2010

The Earth was filled with violence

Gen. 6:11 The earth also was corrupt before God, and the earth was filled with violence.
July 1st is Canada Day, a day of celebration as the day of the birth of the country of Canada on July 1, 1867. While compared to the American 4th of July as Canada’s Independence Day, in reality Canada remained a British colony and the Queen is still the head of the Dominion of Canada as it came to be known after July 1, 1867. It is the custom on the Canada Day holiday for people to flock to parks and beaches, to sing and celebrate and explode fireworks. On a beautiful sunny July 1st, I too was out and about on my motorcycle and stopped at a Tim Horton’s for a coffee. Tim Horton’s will like replace the Maple Leaf as Canada’s symbol for there are probably more Tim Horton’s  in Canada than Maple trees. The coffee is always hot and their muffins freshly baked, so their popularity is understandable; way better (and less expensive) than Starbucks! However this article is not about the significance of Canada Day or how Canada would not be Canada without Tim’s (as these coffee and doughnut stores are fondly called) but on a subject of graver import.
While I was sipping on my coffee, I saw a copy of the previous day’s Toronto Sun newspaper from June 30, 2010 and as I was glancing through it a small story caught my eye. The story was about the murder of a young man, around 20 years of age in a small Ontario city, I believe Kingston. While it is not unusual for young people to get murdered at the hand of other young men and women, what I found very disturbing about this particular story was that the young man was beaten to death by two or three other young men but in front of a group of other young people, I believe mostly males, around 20 or so in number. Rather than attempting to break up the fight, these young people were egging the violence on, yelling ‘Kill him’, Kill him’….Such savagery in the heart of man is not new and history is witness that man is more a brute beast at heart than a peace loving compassionate being. The very word brutality signifies the brute, beastly nature of man. This story brought to mind images of the Roman Coliseum, of crowds lusting for blood spurring their heroes on to kill, kill kill….
In one of my previous articles title National Lobotomy Day I wrote about the fast growing sport (?) of Ultimate Fighting and Mixed Martial Arts. These gladiatorial games soon to be played unto death (as I believe they are in underground circles already) are growing in popularity at a tremendous rate. The following brief video is a testament to the bloodlust that resides in human hearts, and has been there since the time Cain killed his brother Abel brutally, and without mercy.
Here’s a quote from a news brief that to me is vivid proof of the Mad Max world that we fast heading towards.  Actually I believe ‘Mad Max’ is now outdated; in our world of computers and instant communications technology, the world we will soon see is that depicted in the movie, GAMER. I would recommend everyone watch this movie no matter how stomach churning you may find it to be; better to have your stomach churned by video images than by witnessing the reality of such savage acts as were witnessed by the poor woman outside whose house the young man lost his life as reported in the Toronto Sun article.  A whole generation of modern day gladiators, fighting for no particular glory but simply to satisfy the bloodlust in their hearts, is being raised in front of high definition TV panels playing 3 D video games in which such savagery and merciless brutality is not shown to be repulsive but rather heroic.
MONTREAL–The UFC's Canadian debut has become the fastest – and biggest – sellout in the mixed martial arts organization's history. "Most of the tickets for UFC 83 were sold in the first 24 hours of our UFC Fight Club pre-sale, and the rest were gone within one minute of the public on-sale today," UFC president Dana White said in a statement Friday. "I'm excited to say that this event is a sellout, and the fastest one in UFC history, so it's safe to say we definitely will be back in Canada after this inaugural event."

Reading such news articles as the one quoted above sure reveals the reality of the heart of the beast that beats in the breast of average Canadians, and is a far cry from the carefully cultivated fiction that Canada is a peace loving kind and compassionate nation. It is a hard to find a seat in a bar whenever a UFC fight is being broadcast on Pay per view. It is one of the most lucrative and profitable Pay per view events on television, at least in Canada and there is no reason to believe it is any different in the US. I came across a new word today, MILITAINMENT (Military Entertainment); unless this word is the greatest oxymoron of all time, by its very definition, military entertainment has to mean killing for entertainment. After all that is the purpose of a military, to kill and maim, is it not? Though we hear of humane warfare, how on earth can such a thing be possible, whether a person is supposedly killed humanely or inhumanely, the person still ends up dead does he not? That is what UFC (Ultimate Fighting Championships), and shows such as ‘Survivor’, and the reality TV shows are all about, it is ‘DEATH ENTERTAINMENT’. A whole generation from the 80’s onwards has grown up on TV and movie violence, and bloodshed, and let us not forget on psychotropic drugs marketed as antidepressants. The battlecry of this generation and the one following it is ‘KILL, KILL, KILL’…. even as they lick their chops in anticipation as did the group of youngsters who watched one of their own savagely beaten to death in front of their eyes and enjoyed every minute of it.
Go watch the movie GAMER for a preview of things to come (soon), and then pick up you Bible to see why these things are so.
Jeremiah 17:9 The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?

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