US gun violence related to youth mental health: Sadhguru

Founder of Isha Foundation, Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev has said that the gun violence in the US was related to the mental health of the youths. He said that the violent culture in the US is rising because of the content of television shows, movies and video games.

"Mental health and violence are very connected. I am asking -- have we not made violence a very popular thing? A five-year-old is playing a video game. What do you think, he is doing? You think he is playing badminton; he is shooting somebody. Most of the time he is shooting something. From the age of five till 18, if I am that child, if I go on shooting on the screen when I become 18, would I like not to graduate to something more real?" said the spiritual Guru.

Recently, 21 people were killed, including 19 children and two teachers after an 18-year-old opened fire in Robb Elementary School of Uvalde in Texas.

The Isha Foundation founder was recently in the US as part of his 'Save Soil Movement' - a global movement to increase awareness about deteriorating soil health and bring about a conscious response.

The movement was started by Sadhguru in March 2022, who embarked on a 100-day motorcycle journey, passing through 27 countries. June 5 marks the 75th day of the 100-day journey.

Sharing his experience of the US on a motorbike journey and screening the culture there, he said that there is a disconnect between youth and their happiness, and their well-being.

He also flagged the violence being promoted on various platforms.

"Look at all the movies that you make, the television stuff that you make. If you and I have an argument, the only way is that I pick up something and crash it on your head or bash up your face or shoot you on the head. Isn't this the way every disagreement is settled in most movies, television serials, and everything? We are setting up that example," he said.


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