When I was a child, things were clear and simple: There was Right and Wrong, Good and Bad. A clear line separated them. Growing up, there doesn’t seem to be much difference any more. Just a grey area where everyone is comfortable. What went wrong? I think as a society we no longer fight for ideals and what is good. We fight for “what we want” regardless of whether it’s right or wrong.
We don’t stick up for principles. No one makes tough choices. We don’t have leaders willing to stick to the right decision regardless of what the electorate thinks. We want to please everyone. We want shortcuts in life. We no longer want to achieve anything by the sweat of our brow and the strength of our backs and the courage in our hearts.
What will we pass down to future generations?
In the past things were *treated* as simple. Women should never work, black people shouldn't be allowed to own land, if a man raped his wife and beat his children that was fine and legal.
We will pass down the need to strive had to recognize that all humans must be respected and allowed equal opportunities in life.
This is actually a lot simpler except that it requires we make the effort to understand how different people want different things.
If the examples you posted were reflections of the 'good ole days', I will prefer to live with the 'new days' and accept its challenges, Thank you
Women fought for the right to be treated equally, the battle against institutional racism was long and arduous...but nevertheless, those before us fought for what is right. THAT should be emulated.
However, the issue is more on the principles and ideals people have in life. Today we fight to allow everybody to do whatever they want, simply because it's "what they want", not "what is right". Like a parent allowing a child to have anything he asks for. It's why marriages, families and societies are breaking down all around us.
True. Principles have mingled with dust. Ideals and morals have become victims of mockery. People laugh at you if you talk such nonsense. Everything has become opportunism.
But, we should not pass this kind of attitude to future generations. We should make them aware of humanity, human values, ideals, honesty and boldness to face reality. These things should be developed in our children.
- but what does money give you?
power and all things material!
Its okay to want money but we need LOVE as well.
What is love? Acceptance, empathy, charity and CARING about people and what is
1. Within them.
2. In all things.
3. Beyond all things.
In my mind these equal the essence of "God."
God: An all knowing, all seeing, never ending, loving force of goodness and positivity.
In My Mind
Dang! ~ You amaze me because you are so right.
"The love of money is the root of all evil."
What a heritage to pass down to generations to come...
The evil plot thickens with the Washington welfare connection.
And, the rich keep getting richer and poor get poorer.
They will be eating out of their hand.
What's that saying, "Don't bite the hand that feeds you."
Total control and conformity.
For one thing , We are no longer a Godly people . And , when I say Godly , I mean moral , ethically , righteous in our societal behavior . Simply put ,The 'golden rule ' is forgotten . Todays American culture is way beyond selfish , it has grown totally towards ALL entitlements . I want mine first and foremost ,is the new ' Ask not what your country can do for you ............." , Celebrity' ism is the new idol and all that goes with it . Power , money ,fame , first in line and last to give is the new credo .
We didn't listen much to our parents and the younger generation isn't listening much to us.
and so it goes.
The wisdom of time and history becomes dimmer and dimmer with every generation.
1+ The Mizzou // University of Missouri is a great example of that. I have to wonder what those students are being taught in classes. Are they even learning anything that will make them useful to their communities? Aw, they all need love and acceptance and lots of hugs! And, people thought the 60's were bad...lol. It gets worse.
Governor Jay Nixon, Democrat
Senior U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill, Democrat
We never were a 'Godly' people, Ahorseback, that is what people say to makes themselves feel better
When I said godly , I clarified , What you mean is we never had collective morals , ethics , compassion ? You couldn't be more wrong . we did ! Mass media , social pages , I phones .
I watch today as families sit in the same spot all on their own device ,if you will , nothing like the old days when for no better reason we sat around the table chatting about nothing , but meaning everything ! We are in a moral decline - anyone that denies it is blinded by selfishness.
I will share this story with you, Ahorseback. Because anybody that lives in Vermont has gotta be a cool guy. Reading your post made me think a bit.
I lived long enough to have known my great aunt who died in 1993 at the grand old age of 94. During the early 1980's she and I spoke of history and the mores of earlier times.
She said that everybody was talking about moral decline during the 1920's. Bootlegging, Jazz, Hip flasks, bobbed hair, short skirts and road trips. President Harding, Teapot Dome and Washington awash with scandal, back then as she said, they stole 'thousands, not the millions they do today' The 'Great War' had ended and God was Dead. She read the papers and knew about Capone and his exploits in Chicago during the period. With women just getting the vote, she said the period was a liberating time for her and her contemporaries with only 'the old timers' pining for 'the good old days'
Then came the 1960's and she was as confused ,saying the world was going to hell in a handbasket. She was saying that the coarse and unwashed were taking over the country. It was the Rock and Roll Music, hippies, free love, the amoral influence of television, she always said. People crazy over marijuana and LDS (I had to correct her always, she meant LSD). People engaged in foolishness such as moon landings and such. Coming from a world and time where the concept of social class was far more important, the natural order of things that was a given throughout her life was unravelling.
As a older person, the adjustments wrought by technological change are daunting, as I naturally appear more irrelevent to those that live and thrive in the current time. The preceding generation criticizes the next, such is the tapestry of life. It is a merry go round as timeless as the pyramids.
I lament the loss of many things that by today's standards were quaint and innocent, but realistically, the past and the good ole days were not always that good when one looks objectively at them without a bias toward the nostalgic.
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