There are also some who argue that today’s youth no longer value morality or has a twisted sense of it. But what is morality? Is it absolute? Morality is defined as (1) a code of conduct put forward by a society or (2) a code of conduct that, given specified conditions, would be put forward by all rational persons (Gert). We can see that these definitions are somewhat contradictory in the sense that in (1) morality would be relative and in (2) it would be absolute.
We can see that the definition of morality itself varies, so, how are we to define a so-called “decline in moral values”? Even if we can define it, I believe that this decline is an effect of a person’s environment, the media, and the culture. So, in a way, this decline is attributable to the abovementioned media violence and “culture of violence”. So, why do kids kill? Among the abovementioned causes, we can see that there isn’t one among them which could account for all, or at least most, of the cases of juvenile violence.
It would be more likely a combination of at least two of the said causes. Media plays a big role in the exposure of children to violence, but not all kids exposed to television or violent video games are violent. Their reactions vary, and may well be influenced by their brain chemistry. Kids may also be influenced by gangs and such. There is no single identifiable cause for kids killing people, but whatever the exact cause is, the effects are similar and they are not good.
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