What the world needs

First.. Merry Christmas! I hope everyone is getting to enjoy time with their families and sharing lots of happy times together.

I need to voice my opinion as there is so much suffering and sadness this holiday season.

Everyone is screaming about gun control, violent video games, and mental health to explain why our world is filled with so much tragedy…but most people that own guns, play violent video games, or have mental health problems are not violent and never will be.

Focusing of those issues doesn’t get to the heart of the problem. The ugly core that is the true problem.

The real problem can be summarized in three words: empathy, emotional regulation, and esteem. They all start with the letter E, so that should make them easy to remember. These are skills that don’t come natural. These are skills that must be taught and instilled from a young age. Basic parenting skills. We don’t need new laws or more controls, we need better tools to give to parents, teachers, and everyone to teach empathy, emotional regulation, and esteem.

I would be willing to wager that someone with these three parts of their self fully developed are not violent.

So this Christmas as you tear open gifts and consume plates full of delicious food, consider how we as a society can develop empathy, emotional regulation, and esteem in everyone around us.

Give lots of hugs today and celebrate the joys in your life!


5 thoughts on “What the world needs

  1. Very good points, Erik. I find it sad that some people need to be reminded of the basics, but they obviously do. Too many parents use television and video games to essentially raise their children. We all laugh at those Memes that float around the internet, but my favorite one was of a child’s swing set in the back yard that said, “The original PlayStation.” I do all I can to practice the “3 E’s” for my son.

    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you and yours! 🙂

  2. Thank you for this post, Erik. I couldn’t agree with you more. I get tired of hearing all of the so-called “experts” blame guns, violence in video games and movies, or whatever when a tragedy takes place. I particularly get tired of the media covering the surface of the problem as if it’s the root of the problem. The last thing we need is more laws and regulation.

    God bless, Erik and I hope you and your family had a wonderful Christmas. Cheers!

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