Sunday, February 9, 2014

What's This Teen Cutting Thing

Some young people today live in a world that goes "over the edge." The "edge" of pain doesn't stop them in their pursuit of eliminating boredom and creating excitement. Piercing, branding, cutting, tattoos, cosmetic surgery, reality shows, and expressive and permissive movies are now a part of the culture. Some say that kids are more "daring" and "extreme." I say they're numb and dissatisfied and pain is a way for some to remind themselves that they're still alive, a comment I hear from a number of cutters. Sadly, finding a kid who "cuts" (a form of self harm) is pretty common today. A topic that 20 years was unheard of on the radio or in Christian social circles is the focus of many discussions among parents and commonplace among teens.