Someone I spoke to recently said, 'I sat and read a book while the riots were happening.' She meant in a pub while local 'yoof' ran in and out, smashing windows and acting up.
I asked her about it, 'Weren't you scared? I would be!'
'No, because I knew they weren't interested in hurting anyone. They were angry and they wanted to break stuff - not really attack people like me. I wanted to see what would happen.'
I found that very telling because it suggests that materialism was under attack. Okay, there was theft and I don't condone that like of foolery. But if you live in a society which has abandoned the idea of community and embraced 'stuff' wholesale instead, then it's no wonder younger people will rebel against it and start rioting. People were never meant to be that way; it runs contrary the fundamental truth of what it means to be a well-balanced person.
Moral arguments don't work for me. Things like, 'They are yobs and they deserve it.' We have collectively created this situation and sat back, encouraging it in many ways. Not riots - I mean many people think it's good to be selfish and stupid. It's not.
Politicians don't understand; they don't speak the language of younger people, and they sound stupid if they try. Those kids need role models, friends, a place to grow. 'Work hard and keep your head down and you'll be okay', say the politicoes and their apologists. Work hard at what?
Bowing down to greed and a culture which has no central goal other than 'to better oneself.' It's rubbish.