From former Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice’s indefinite suspension following the release of a graphic video allegedly showing the assault of his then-fiancé to the grisly rampage a group of Memphis, Tennessee teenagers waged on unsuspecting passersby, there are several disturbing stories in the news today. On radio this morning, Glenn wondered what has happened to make us so empty inside.
“We all really want the same things,” Glenn said. “We do want to be loved. We want life to make sense. We want to know that we are secure. We want to know that we see justice served, that there is mercy when we're crying out for mercy… We've never been more close to people. We've never been closer.”
As Glenn explained, because of social media the world has gotten smaller and smaller. While we can now communicate with people in a way never before possible, we present our best selves – not our real selves – on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc.
“We only see everybody's perfect part of their life, and we're like, ‘I'm out of control. I can't make it happen. Look at it. They have a perfect life,’” Glenn said. “It's a lie. It's a lie. And here we are, empty inside. Look at what happened.”
On Saturday night, a mob of several dozen teenagers rampaged through a Memphis Kroger parking lot. According to witness video, a 25-year-old “white dude” was the first victim. The mob attacked him as he attempted to walk into the supermarket. Subsequently, two black men were allegedly injured when they attempted to break up the attack.
Watch one of the witness videos below:
According to WREG-TV, witnesses said the assault was part of a brutal, senseless “game”:
“They followed hitting him with a pumpkin. He was already unconscious, so all you could see was blood and pumpkins,” said a witness who did not want to be identified. He is a friend of the victims.
The witness says the mob of young teens viciously ran through the Poplar Plaza parking lot assaulting complete strangers.
It was maybe about 100 to 125 kids. It was a lot of kids,” said the witness.
“Is that an exaggeration?” asked WREG’s Elise Preston.
“No, it`s not an exaggeration,” replied the witness.
There were so many kids, the security guards couldn’t control the violent crowd.
“They were playing a game called ‘point them out, knock them out.’ Where they would point someone out and attempt to knock them out or fight them. There was no real reason behind it.”
“What is this about? What is missing in kids,” Glenn asked. “Then you go to Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice. What's missing in her and what's missing in him? What's missing in us?”
Glenn wondered if we have become desensitized to the evils of world. When you consider the violence against minority groups in the Middle East or the riots that happened in Ferguson, Missouri last month, there are serious problems both home and abroad. This left Glenn unsure of how best to address what seems to be missing from the human condition.
“How is it that we don't see the plight of others,” Glenn concluded.