Goodbye to Compassion...

Americans losing the ability to express empathy

There is ample evidence of the connection between witnessing violence in the media and violent and aggressive behavior in games. While most people will not commit violent acts in their lifetimes, we must acknowledge that violent behavior is just a symptom of a deeper problem; aggression is at its root a lack of compassion or empathy for others. Studies have even shown that children raised in an abusive and violent environment not only have impaired empathy and compassion, but the impact is seen on a physiological level within the brain. We adapt to our environment. Whether we internalize this information or not, the media we consume, the computer games we play—all are part of our environment and influence how we view the world and react to it.

“You are what you eat.” Surely we have all heard this phrase. Mental diet is just as real as physical diet. What our minds consume make us who we are. Our outlook and worldview are shaped by our “mental diets.” This can include all the forms of media both on and off-screen. Movies, television, computer games, the books we read—all of these “inputs” effect us more than we realize.

The bible warns us to guard our mind: “I will set no vile thing before my eyes. I hate the deeds of faithless men. They will not cling to me.” Psalm 101:3

The lack of compassion is leading to a cold culture: “…and because lawlessness will increase, the love of many people will grow cold.” –Matthew 24:12. God blesses the compassionate: “Blessed are the compassionate, for they shall receive compassion.” Matthew 5:7

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