So many of today’s trends aren’t good for our society — children navigating parents in separate, changing homes; young adults and children committing suicide at skyrocketing rates; drug use and deaths from them increasing dramatically; skyrocketing anxiety and depression — the list goes on.
But why are these trends growing?
The answer is simple. We are no longer united as a community of Americans. Did that make this chaotic country we’re now living in?
When we share common rules and ideas, there is the promise and hope for developing a purpose in life. Virginity and white wedding dresses used to be saved for marriage. When we do that, both commitment and sex are lifted to an elevated position of honor.
Men were raised to protect and provide, and women were raised to grow and nurture their babies. By making a house a home, there was connectedness and stability.
When people had positions of power and esteem, they lived up to a higher moral standard and were, therefore, role models to be respected. Regular, working-class people were influenced to do the same.
When I attended school, we respected our teachers who took their responsibility as educators to get us ready for our lives with writing, reading, art, history, and mathematics — and no grooming toward liberal ideology, including race hating and gender identity.
The younger generations now see the world through social media, which is a source not responsible for truth. It is no surprise that they are lost.
The stigma on drug users is almost nonexistent now. In the state I reside in, hard drugs are legal. Drug abuse was for losers. Does anyone remember Nancy Reagan’s “Just Say No” campaign? The emphasis is no longer on the path to the future — responsible behavior and further education.
An article in The Atlantic, authored by David Brooks, titled “How America Got Mean,” discusses a culture devoid of moral education. This leaves generations to grow up in a morally inarticulate, self-centered world.
“According to research by Ryan Streeters, the director of domestic policy studies at the American Enterprise Institute, lonely young people are seven times more likely to say they are active in politics than young people who aren’t lonely. For people who feel disrespected, unseen, and alone, politics is a seductive form of social therapy. It offers them a comprehensible moral landscape: The line between good and evil runs not down the middle of every human heart, but between groups.”
“For many years, America seemed to be awash in a culture of hyper-individualism. But these days, people are quick to identify themselves by their groups: Republican, Democrat, evangelical, person of color, LGBTQ, Southerner, patriot, progressive, considerate. People who feel isolated and under threat flee to tailing identities. The stronger a group’s claim to victim status, the more virtuous it is assumed to be, and the more secure its members can feel about their own innocence.”
The decline of coherent educational experiences, support for morals, principles, values, public leaders of character, and the fall of families has brought us to a society filled with hate and anger and a personal sense of justification for hating.