moral compass is missing or dysfunctional
Moral compass in society
Is there a moral compass?
society compass missing
Abortion rights for women, pornography, legal prostitution, immigration rights, gay rights, hate speech, and campaigning for more money using pictures of "a sick child in Africa," all are issues bordering on today's moral-free society, where its okay if it feels good. Are we seeing birth-pangs of a new society where the moral compass has become irrelevant?
All of these issues and many more have one thing in common, they poke at us and try us. There are not many people today or ever who would willingly put their 12 year girl, or for that matter, boy child, out for prostitution. Therefore as we see more of these things happening, it reminds us that something has shifted. And I suspect it is the sense of community and the compass of society.
Reflecting on the concept of community, of culture, and norms, it is easy to show on one hand we seem to have lost it but on the other it is still with us.
Although individualism seems to rule, community is intact. If a "fellow national was mistreated in another country, the entire nation would rise up in defense. When the Reverend Pastor Jones in Florida threatened to burn copies of the Holy Muslim book, the entire world arose in defense. Every time a universal cause is found and the bell sounded, nations arise and follow.
The issue then, I think, has to do with the internal compass, the moral compass. I don't think anybody really knows who is responsible to service that compass or when it was last serviced. Neither does anyone really know where it is.
It used to be, many would argue, in the Holy Church or shall we say in religion. Religious leaders still argue that they are the moral voice of society. However, if we look closer inside the church or indeed inside religion we realize that societal changes have swept there too. Like the missing Ark of the Bible, society seems to have lost the compass to navigate through troubled times.
I think we are seeing signs of society in flux; the birth-pangs of a new world order where the compass will no longer be necessary.
We seem to have moved from "Each man his brother's keeper" to "Each man for himself," from "Do to others as you would have them do to you," to "Do whatever seems good for you," from "God first" to "Me first." I think the prophets of this new era have already sounded the trumpet, we are the lay people reminding one another of the abundantly clear signs.
[Listen to these lyrics from a distance by Bette Midler about our world through her eyes.]
Although the debate is usually focused and directed at the narrow issues like rights for commercial sex trade or liberalization of prostitution, the real issue is about the compass. Where is it? Is it in the White House as some would have us think? Is it in the Supreme Court among the select Judges? Is it with the Pope or in "Israel (with the chosen people of God)," in the Ark?
Please tell us if you know! (Lol)
Birth-pangs of a society in flux?
- Should prostitution be legalized in the USA?
I read an article on CNN today about the proliferation of Ads on the internet that make it easier for men to buy prostution over the web and decrease the ability of the police to stop this illegal act....
A Moral Identity Crisis
- A moral Identity Crisis
Weve watched all things personal undergo very public makeovers on reality TV--our noses, our houses, our cars and jobs and spouses. But something more fundamental may have quietly fallen victim to a makeover as well: our moral identities.
From a distance by Bette Midler
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Music, From a distance
Quran burning cancelled
- Florida Minister Cancels Quran Burning Protest | News | English
The Christian minister of a small church in Florida canceled on Thursday his plan to burn copies of the Quran that had been scheduled for Saturday, the ninth anniversary of the 2001 terrorist attacks on the United States. The planned protest had spar