I think bullying is a large issues. It is not the only issue, but behind many shootings, you find that the individual involved was bullied at some point. Teachers do not seem to care and I think something that needs to be taught to kids at an early age, is that many instances of bullying are crimes. Getting beaten up or constantly made fun of, assault and harassment. If the bullies actually started getting punished for the things they do, then they may start to think that it is not a good idea. Too often the bullies get away with what they do, so why stop it?
This leads into something else that is not taught in schools, respect. I grew up living on military bases. We were taught how to work together and respect one another. It was even to the point where if you had high grades, but did not respect people, you would be held back a grade. The culture between military base schools and civilian schools are nearly night and day. I could not believe how kids acted when I started going to civilian schools. Constant fights, bullying, extreme prejudices. I had been reading a book on ghost stories and some girls made up a story about me putting a curse on them. The parents flooded the school phone lines with talk of parents wanting to hang me and burn my body. What the heck?
Anyway, I must be going for now. It's not about objects, it's about how people perceive others and their worth. If someone sees everyone as their brother and sister, they will not harm them. If someone sees everyone as lesser than themselves, they will treat them like animals.
A HUGE THANK YOU FOR SHARING YOUR EXPERIENCE THAT SCHOOLS CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE! Free public education in the US began to prevent social problems by focusing on good citizenship. We stopped doing this in 1958 and social unrest and anarchy followed.
However, can we reconsider the importance of a taboo? Killing zombies or robots killing robots is violence we can accept. Killing police men and citizens is not violence we can accept. Most people do not pick their noses and eat the boogers, not because there is a law against it, but there is a strong social reaction that makes it taboo. The power of such social taboos is very strong, and we want killing police and citizens to be such a taboo. That means get the unacceptable games off the market. We can still enjoy our violent movies as long as the moral is, bad guys loose. Make sense? It is not exactly the violence that is the problem, but what we present as acceptable and unacceptable. You can kill the bad guy, but not good people.
As for the bible, Torah, and Koran, these books are problematic. The USSR did attempt banning religion and this did not work well. There are important benefits to religion, and until we have a better understanding of the reasoning behind democracy and morality, it is the best foundation for culture we have. We are not going to ban religion, but a well educated population well get the best out of religion, while avoiding the worst.
As for bulling, I am avoiding some forums and some posters because of the bullying. Research has shown males are more prone to an aggressive and competitive way of relating to others, and male mods seem to always come in and correct me when I object to it. This is a cultural thing and I wish we would be serious about rejecting it. The Japanese have a greater sensitivity to face saving, and at least on the news broadcast they do, they disagree with each other very respectfully.