This morning, I had a phone call from my panelbeater. He told me that the reason the paint on the roof of my car is chipping and fading is not because he bollocksed up the job originally, but because someone has poured a caustic substance on it - possibly brake fluid, paint stripper, battery acid, or the like. The original reason he painted it was because some scumbags jumped on the roof while it was parked at the train station, caving it in.
This morning on the front page of our city's primary newspaper, there are two main stories. In one, a gang related drive-by shooting has taken the life of a two year old girl. In the other, a drunk at an out of control party has driven his car into a crowd of revellers, killing two girls and injuring eight others, apparently because he was about to get his butt kicked and wanted to get in there first.
Personally, I still can't decide whether antisocial incidents like these, which seem to occur more and more often these days, are the symptoms of an uncaring, selfish and disrespectful society in general, or if things have always been this way and the media are just really good at telling us about it.
Is society eating itself? Discuss.