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Just Another Kid Losing It With a Gun—PART II

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Children are Surrounded With A Culture of Violence

As of this past week, a 10-year old boy in Belen, NM was charged with first degree murder. His intended victim was his father, whom he shot and killed after one discharge of a rifle in the kitchen as his younger siblings watched.

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Jo Eekhoff, a social worker in Belen, works with the public school system and has a great many ties to the children in the community.

"I found myself thinking about the little boy and all the kids I see being raised by only one parent or grandma or auntie. They desperately want the love of that missing parent and the attachment issues lead to anger and fantasies and false personas and personality problems. Then there is the violence all around these kids, the fear in the news. They're surrounded by violence."

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What concerned me is as I watched the case in Belen unfold is that it seemed to have become less shocking to us as a nation. As I recall, these events used to make our heads reel and fix our attention on the television for months. It's barely a five minute spot on the news now.

So, something is happening and maybe it's not just to the children. If they are, as canaries in the coal mine, maybe it's happening to us.

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America, Detached. Children, Unhinged.

It's no secret to anyone who's been watching that we have become a pathologically disconnected and discontented culture. We are transient physically and emotionally. We dart like hummingbirds from one source of nectar to the next. We spin and can't understand why we feel dizzy. We super-size our meals and don't understand why we get sick. We bounce from one relationship to the next and don't understand why we feel so alone.

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Judith Acosta is a licensed psychotherapist, author, and speaker. She is also a classical homeopath based in New Mexico. She is the author of The Next Osama (2010), co-author of The Worst is Over (2002), the newly released Verbal First Aid (more...)

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