Originally Posted by GTA:SWcity
I believe I'm seeing your implicit position on this. I'm just curious if you'd care to clarify this, if you would indulge me so.
I believe that we are largely products of our environment. If young people are enculturated into a society that tolerates a great deal of violence, if that violence is masculinized, and then the government takes advantage of these conditions to recruit young men into military service, then we have a very big, clearly systemic social problem. The sad part is that because we grow up seeing these messages all around us, we're mostly blind to them. Once you learn to see them, you can't help but notice them.
Our culture glorifies violence and it really seems to me that the military greases the wheels at every opportunity to take advantage of this.