Just a thought - feel free to shoot me down for being dumb but this came to me whilst tackling a particularly tiresome rust section on my money pit, ahem, I mean Alfa
Unfortunately our society is creating this type of behaviour. Many 100's or 1000's or years ago (sounds like once upon a time
) this type of behaviour would not have been allowed to continue in 'society'. If a (what would then be considered) young adult, or adult for that matter, committed a murder or stabbing with intent to kill, they would either get the beating of their life, or more likely, be killed or kicked out of the settlement due to their threat to the stability of the group dynamic. This would naturally prevent them from mating and passing on their clearly violent/psychopathic tendencies, and act as a very strong deterrent to others who have lesser tendencies of this nature i.e. you don't want to be removed from the group otherwise you may well die and cannot mate.
Now, however, we have become more and more tolerant of crime e.g. banishing of the death penalty, suspended sentencing for rape and assault, slaps on the wrist for quite shocking crimes as I am sure you have heard about in the news. BTW I am not saying the death penalty should be reinstated and that we should chop peoples hands off for stealing a loaf of bread to feed their starving children. I am just giving one possible theory as to why this type of behaviour is becoming more prevalent.
With this increased tolerance of horrific crime, such as the stabbing & killing of a teenager, the stabber is allowed to continue existing (particularly if never caught or convicted) after a short(ish) sentence because they are a minor, and once released from the rehabilitative institution
within which they have been detained they are free to spread their genetic code amongst the population as they see fit. The stabbee on the other-hand, who may well not have the natural 'killing' tendency is removed from the gene pool, and is therefore unable to contribute their obviously preferable DNA to the societal gene pool. This results in the inevitable degradation of what we may class as 'acceptable behaviour' within our society, but alas our natural unwillingness to exact the harsh measures required to prevent this genetic problem, leaves us powerless to prevent it.
We could, of course, issue a new law that means if you are convicted of a severe crime such as mentioned here, you are made to have the snip or whatever
but again, this would be in breach of the stabbers human rights, even though it is what could be better for the welfare of the group
I would just point out, that this is a forum for the discussion of ideas, opinions, thought, preferences etc. The above in no way forms my opinion about how this problem should be tackled, or indeed that this is actually what is causing the apparent degradation in our behaviour as a society - if indeed there is any at all. It's just a thought that occurred and I have posted it for a bit of discussion.
Fire away dudes