Negative Energy Or Personal Responsibility?
This past week Oprah interviewed a young boy who had been treated for having uncontrollable rage. The boy was given coping techniques. He explained it, as if parroting his therapist, like surrounding himself with positive energy. Oprah chimed in saying she uses a similar technique when interviewing some one who has ‘negative energy. She said it is like surrounding yourself with white light so the dark ‘negative energy’ does not come through.
When she starts pontificating her on-the-fly psychology I often wonder what her no-nonsense plain talking shrink Dr. Phil McGraw might say?
Whenever I hear people talk like that, it is time to gather up the kids and go home.When I ask people to define the ‘negative/positive energy’ theory I walk away with a headache and the very strong impression that I’m suspected of having ‘negative energy’. This is a convenient way of blaming things on the ‘negative energy’ and not taking personal responsibility.
Is The Obvious Too Obvious?
Prior to the interview a photo of the little boy’s sister was displayed, no doubt to indicate he came from a happy loving family. I noticed the little girl had a hat, which displayed skull and crossbones. A picture of the boy was shown while in happier times. He was wearing a stocking cap with fiery flames around it – almost like a scene from Dante’s Inferno.
This, of course, is just speculation, but it leads one to wonder what imagery this violent child is subjected? What movies does he watch? What video games does he play? Is that the real ‘negative energy’ that surrounds him?
This past weekend there was a news story out of Los Angeles on TV about an eight-year-old boy taken to a mental ward for evaluation because the teacher observed him drawing and writing something that led her to believe he was thinking about suicide. He drew a picture of stick people, who he called zombies and the words, “I want to die.”I don’t know about you, but that would be enough to make the hairs on the back of my neck standup.
The mother is now all up in arms, claiming her son was drawing a video game he has.With the sudden rise in pre-teen and teen suicide, the mother should thank the school for being so observant.
Is The Occult Packaged As Fun And Games?
The stories are sort of related. They involve children who have access to things that deal with the occult, even though slight. Some children are exposed to more and at earlier ages. The top movies and literature marketed toward children has to do with the occult. Characters are depicted as honorable and just, but the facts are that the occult is not. Many feature characters that are super human and immortal. This is far different from tying a towel around your neck and jumping on the bed pretending to be Superman. The imagery, the plot, the dialogue is far more seductive and deals with life and death.
Does this give children the concept of immortality or being transported to a time and place where the rules of normal life do not apply? This sounds all too familiar: the first lie from Genesis 3:4 “You positively will not die.”
When I see a kid dressed in Goth, I see a slasher. Sure that’s a bit judgmental, but that is the message. Any parent that allows their kid to go around like that is a parent with their head in the sand.
When I see a kid with screws and bolts in his body, I see a person that is insensitive to human suffering. They are saying they enjoy it and want to display it. It’s not a person that is trying to express themselves as an individual, but a person who is a part of a collective of misfits and mentally unstable outcasts. The only justification is as long as you have undefined ‘positive energy’ you got to be okay.
I suppose if it makes everybody feel better they can just go ahead and call it ‘negative energy,’ but it is somewhat hard to ignore the 800-pound gorilla in the room – it’s the money obsessed movie and entertainment industry. Exposing children to violence and condoning bizarre behavior may have more to do with diminishing the normal emotional growth and well-being of children than what many are willing to face.