Marchbooks' Blog

June 20, 2009

Our Moral Compass is Bent by M.J. Claire

Filed under: Comments from our Authors — marchbooks @ 1:50 am
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I should begin by making it clear that I am not some bible-thumping zealot who is forecasting the end of days. However, it would take a blind man to miss the fact that our society it quickly sliding into an abyss. No doubt, the recent economic downturn is not helping matters. There is also no denying that there will always be bad apples.

There has always been and will probably always be rape, assault, murder, incest etc. We see it every day on the news and that is nothing new. What is new is the ever increasing lifting of what was once taboo or at least more revered. It seems that the nightly news, on an increasingly regular basis, now includes reports of the murder of small children. It is almost becoming de riguer, losing its ability to shock us.

Corporate greed is now measured in billions rather than thousands of dollars. The figures are mind boggling in their magnitude. As some people struggle through their days living in their car, others among us think nothing of bilking the elderly or indigent out of their meager savings, just so that they can pad an already overflowing bank account.

Sex, drugs, gambling, alcoholism and violence are more commonplace than ever with our children. The line of demarcation between adult behavior and juvenile behavior is getting greyer by the day. Even with the ready availability of numerous contraceptive options, teenage pregnancy is rampant. Some of those girls think nothing of leaving their new progeny in the nearest trash receptacle.

Children today have lost their ability to be children. They are overwhelmed by racing technology and peer pressure to meet all kinds of superficial standards. Their immature minds are not able to process the violence they are seeing, causing them to lose perspective. Consider this example of animal cruelty at its worst http://blogs.catster.com/the-cats-meow-a-cat-and-kitten-blog/take-action-to-urge-punishment-in-cat-cruelty-case/2009/06/17/ . This girl, with complete awareness and disregard of the consequences, put a small living creature into a hot oven. Does anyone out there, after reading this girl’s defense, doubt that she would have just as casually done this to a neighbor’s infant child, if she felt it would serve her agenda?

These occurrences have gone far beyond simple ‘right and wrong’. It is a societal down slide of monumental proportions. If we don’t stop the fall, it will come crashing down on all of us. I’m not much on Biblical references, but does Sodom and Gomorrah ring any bells? We need to repair our moral compass and quickly. Failure to do so could be catastrophic, at which time, our failing economy will be the least of our problems.

 

 

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7 Comments »

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    Comment by keno789. — June 20, 2009 @ 4:08 am | Reply

  2. Very interesting post! Anyway, I’m sad of what is happening now to the youth and children and to our precious animals with these ethical issues and norms to the society.

    Comment by IJ Styles — June 20, 2009 @ 5:28 pm | Reply

    • What I find truly frightening is the ‘anything goes’ attitude that seems to be spreading. It is a slippery slope.

      Comment by marchbooks — June 20, 2009 @ 5:42 pm | Reply

  3. Children are an easy target when it comes to this argument, mainly because reports on their ‘moral decline’ are the meida’s latest bone to run with. No one ever reports on the huge and positive impact many children have on their communities and the fact that the vast majoirty fall into the inbetween.

    On the decline of the moral compass, I would like to add to debate and conversation by suggesting that while laws and society try to move forward – sexual freedom, gay-marriage etc – archaic moral ideals pull the other way, trying to hold us back. What we see in much of the mistakes made by people today is a lack of clear education (teenage pregnancy, for example).

    Could this be due to conflicting messages provided by law/liberal society which aim to (in some cases, arguably) liberate us, while other ‘traditional’ values try to hold us back; does this create a society where we all ‘can’ but are lacking the proper education on the consequences?

    Obviously i’m not talking about kids putting kittens in ovens here – though I often wonder why adults wag the finger at the children and don’t look inwards to the reasons the child got to that point of cruelty. And i don’t just mean parents.

    Comment by Sam — June 23, 2009 @ 4:23 pm | Reply

    • It is not my intent to attack children. They are simply a product of the decline of morality. There is no room for innocence or niavete any longer. Children are forced to become adults almost straight out of the womb. So, you have all of these mini adults running around making adult decisions with immature intellects (I realize that this statement could apply to a percentage of ‘adults’ as well).

      Again, my argument is not made from a religious perspective. We all have a pretty sound inner moral code, with or without formal religion knocking us over the head with a bound set of scriptures. At the end of the day, we all have essentially the same view of what constitutes right and wrong. Only now, it seems that this inner guide is being ruled by the ‘as long as it feels good standard’. Instant gratification has become the rule of the day. This is a dangerous path.

      As for education, any child, of almost any age, would have to be living in a box not to know the consequences of unprotected sex. Even without formal education, any child has access to more information than he or she may need or even want. Heck, you can get a detailed anatomy lesson on half of the prime time television shows.

      I think where those ‘archaic morals’ were helpful was in their ability to make us think about the consequences of our actions. I am not suggesting that we run around fearing the wrath of God for all of our actions, but we need something that will make us pause and consider the reprecussions of what we are doing. It is not reasonable to think that every last one of us can run around doing whatever feels good, without someone or something getting hurt.

      Comment by marchbooks — June 23, 2009 @ 5:11 pm | Reply

  4. Cool blog you got here. It would be great to read more about this matter.

    Comment by PhillDoc — October 22, 2009 @ 7:05 am | Reply

    • Thank you PhillDoc,

      glad you enjoyed it. We like to vary post topics as the spirit moves; publishing, animal rights, current events. Essentially, a bit of everything. Hope you’ll stop by again.

      MJ

      Comment by marchbooks — October 22, 2009 @ 7:07 pm | Reply


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