Mormon 4:11 And it is impossible for the tongue to describe, or for man to write a perfect description of the horrible scene of the blood and carnage which was among the people, both of the Nephites and of the Lamanites; and every heart was hardened, so that they delighted in the shedding of blood continually.
Horrible scene of blood and carnage. People who delighted in the shedding of blood continually. This is a graphic scene, not one Mormon wanted to see, nor enjoyed (Mormon 6:17-22). He's a good example of the kind of military mindset that is worth learning from. His actions were not motivated by revenge, nor by the desire to prove superiority, in fact he said that very thing is what lead to the downfall of his troops.
Since this book was written for our day I have to ask myself how this applies to me. Mormon connects two thoughts together. A hard heart, and delighting in the shedding of blood. Those two things apparently go together. There aren't people today called Lamanites and Nephites, but are there those who delight in the shedding of blood?
I look around at movie previews and I would have to say yes there are those who delight in the shedding of blood. People love it, and pay money to see it. These graphic movies I think do well to show what Mormon described. These movies make millions of dollars, we watch and pay money to see shedding of blood. Murder killing, torture.... there are even holidays like Halloween where we pay money to watch enactments of people being tortured and blood everywhere. Some movies are solely devoted to it.
Some films are historical, and I think are ok, history in all it's war and death is a different matter. Mormon says the horrid things he had to endure can't even be put into words. He was still sensitive to it. However in our day we have become numb to it. The quantity of just pure mindless, wasteful, murder, torture, and blood and carnage that has such a strong place in the media industry is I think corrosive to our sensitivities. We become numb and may not even be aware of our progressive numbness. Who notices that they are feeling less. We gradually become desensitized, lead carefully down to hell (2 Nephi 28:21).
The scriptures warn about hard hearts, they warn about becoming past feeling. Feelings and the heart.... teachings on this go way back, and the scriptures are full of stuff about it (Ephesians 4:17-19). We in our culture almost love a good plot with plenty of murder and killing, Hollywood is producing movie after movie about it, full of it with ever increasing doses of it. A recent preview I saw called Spartacus - Blood and Sand is a good example. There was hardly a scene that didn't contain the shedding of blood.
If there were no demand for this, they wouldn't produce so much of it. Even in the past 5 years the level of profanity, nudity, graphic brutality, sexuality, murder, secret combinations......pretty much everything the scriptures say will lead to a nations downfall has been sharply on the rise. Go to any movie store and look around. Anyway, a hard heart goes along with delighting in murder and killing. If this book is written for us, and we want to avoid the scene Mormon has to view, I think there is a message here for us and it has to do with the state of our heart.