Friday, February 01, 2008

Tawharanui Regional Park


Tawharanui Regional Park, originally uploaded by San Nakji.

If it's friday, it's time for another blog post.

I was watching some CI (Crime and Investigation Channel) last night and there was a show about cops in Britain dealing with drunk people. It was really scary to watch people out of control and it made me think a lot about things.

When I was younger I didn't really think about things like this. I didn't worry about being stabbed in the street or getting into a fight in a bar. I just didn't think it would happen. And probably for most people it doesn't.

Obviously NZ isn't like the UK when it comes to violence and drinking. (Why obviously? I don't know...) But we certainly have a really bad drinking culture. I don't know what it's like out there now. I have never really been into drinking at a bar, more into being with friends at home. I guess the idea of being with a bunch of strangers paying too much for a drink is just not what it's about.

But now I have a kid, I have started to think about things like this. One day things like this could happen to my son. He could get attacked in the street. He could be involved in a car crash. I never think these things could happen to me, but I think they could happen to him. How strange. I seem to be more aware of these things. I am not sure if this means that our society (meaning the world in general) is becoming worse; or if it's just that I have more to worry about.

I lean towards the idea that society, specifically developed nations, is becoming more unsafe. I think there seems to be a culture of disrespect to others growing. People don't seem to worry about others so much anymore. I wonder why that is?

As I write this, I realise that this may not make much sense. This is going to be a problem with my new blogging style. It may take some time to get into the swing of things.

Just remember to look at the purty pictures.

4 comments:

Matt Morelli said...

I wouldn't say it was unsafe in Britain at night. I would still feel fine about walking the streets. Crime in Britain in general is actually falling. It's just that unfortunately, more and more people don't know when enough is enough. Police time is being wasted every Friday and Saturday night because people can't take responsibility for their own actions. Not just the Police either. Paramedics are having to scrape people off the streets and I read that in a nearby town, the fire service is giving free bottles of water out to drunks at chucking out time. How stupid is that?!

There are a lot of these types of shows on British TV. I'm so glad these horrible and typical images are being sold to other countries so that they can see just how despicable a lot of us behave. Jeez!

Friar Tuck said...

Culture of disrespect is very well stated

Heather said...

I worry about the things that happen in society today as well. I mean, here in the States, in the past week, there have been several major shootings and such.

It's so weird! I don't understand the way some of these people think. I don't have any children yet, but I can tell you that I have a lot fear when it comes to thinking about raising a child in this world. It's just scary.

*sighs*

Sarah said...

I lean towards the idea that society, specifically developed nations, is becoming more unsafe. I think there seems to be a culture of disrespect to others growing. People don't seem to worry about others so much anymore. I wonder why that is?

I couldn't agree more. It saddens me to think how selfish people have become. I kind of think technology has a lot to do with it, we are so disconnected and many choose to use that for bad. I would love to go back in time when life was about respect, appreciation, and togetherness. And one with corsets and big fancy dresses.