The American people have proven time and time again throughout their history that they are exceptional. This exceptionalism was the result of a strong culture that understood the fundamental moral truths about our human condition. They knew these truths are eternal and self-evident- not bound to the whims of majorities. They also rejected the nihilistic attitudes of other developed nations, making sure to teach their offspring what it means to be noble, honest and hard-working citizens. They embraced individualism, or the principle that every man and woman has natural rights and should be held responsible for their own actions. Unfortunately, the radicalism of the 1960’s brought on a new wave of moral apathy–a decline in enlightened thinking that has had numerous consequences.
The family, which is the most important unit of any society, has never been weaker. Standards of self–responsibility have decreased to the point where it is not the honest individuals who are rewarded, but instead the ones who find a way to claim victimhood. As well, young minds are being corrupted by agenda–driven ideologues in public schools in order to serve a national party. Whether or not this cultural degradation is inevitable will not be the focus of this article. Instead, we must discuss the cause, the impact, and the solution.
Before the 1960’s, Americans had a strong and proud national identity. They recognized the incredible amount of liberty and responsibility that they were to uphold. They acted dignified with these freedoms, knowing that a wicked society is bound to lose them. It is well–documented that when the values of developed cultures begin to corrupt, their governments become more massive, centralized, and oppressive. When the burden of responsibility is taken away from each individual, the state is able to increase its role in order to remedy some of the citizens’ needs, using the wealth created by financially successful people. After years and years of wealth redistribution, class warfare, and punishment of the wealth creators, eventually the state will completely progress to Socialism, and if it does not collapse there, it almost always becomes a communist society. That model unfortunately comes from Karl Marx.
The values of a culture are reflected not only in the beliefs and actions of the citizens but also in the entertainment that they choose to consume. Once upon a time, American television shows and movies were family-oriented, and parents could usually trust that their children would not be exposed to explicit content. Vulgar and demeaning music that glorified drugs and violence was not the norm, but usually the creation of unsuccessful social outcasts. Now, American kids are constantly being desensitized to drugs, violence, profanity, and sex. They have instant access to visuals and sounds that damage the mind.
About 50% of marriages end in divorce, more than a third of children and teenagers live in fatherless homes, 25% of unborn children face abortion, and religious beliefs are declining in America, while radical Islamism increases in the Middle East. Many people do not think this is a problem, believing that single mothers can properly raise children, abortions are necessary, all of religion is a fictitious concept, and radical Islam is not a grave threat to the American people. I am not one of them.
What is the solution? Start with you and your own family. Teach your children the clear distinctions between right and wrong. Although it is sometimes difficult to determine the right choice, certain self-evident principles will always guide them, such as honesty, modesty, and courage. Teach your children to be active and hard-working, not lazy and reliant on technology. Have them constantly communicate with others. Show them how to live for a higher purpose, helping them avoid a hedonistic life.
I am definitely not of the age or moral status to lecture you and how you conduct your own family. These are some observations that most Americans already know. It is important to remember that the young generations need to be better than ourselves. Rapid cultural deterioration through the generations signifies the end of a nation.