They don't make developments like they used to. I grew up in Edgewood, in Harford Square. Although the area has gotten worse (with gang activity and all) it was a great place to grow up. I had a bunch of friends in my court, we had woods and fields to play in... it was great.
Nowdays, with new developments, houses are put into any available space. Flag lots make sure that every possible space is taken. There are no fields for kids to play baseball, tag, chase butterflies (with sticks), play "guns", play rundown, and all the other activities that we did as kids. The only place my little brother had to play (we moved while he was young) was the woods... and the only reason that they were there was because they were protected (wwetlands).... Developers build as many houses as they can. They could care less about the kids.
And, so, here we are, with kids who stay inside playing video games all the time. Newspapers, magazines, TV stations always are talking about how kids are obese and don't get excersize. But, where are they to play? They get sent out, into their little 10x12 backyard, where they kick a ball against the house until they get yelled at. So, what do they have left to do? Play video games.
They don't make neighborhoods like they used to....
I was thinking about stuff in general (which I do often.... even if it is rather dangerous... and illegal in some places....) and I decided that the thing that makes us human (and this is only ONE way to put it)... is that there are things that are more important than living.... or, to put it the other way around: There are things that are worth dying for. I think that that is what makes us different than other creatures... for them it's all about survival.
And I think it's when we lose that, then we become the most like animals. Morals leave... the good of others does not matter... we care only for life.... we cling to that.
From a biblical perspective, humans (and only humans) are made in the image of God... we reflect Him (though distorted it is by sin). So what did God do? Jesus, the "God-Man" came and died for us, taking our sin, so that we could live with God forever. God saw something worth dying for.
"Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends." -John 15:13
"This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers." -1 John 3:16