For years, there have been numerous explosive discussions about how numbed children are to violence as a result of video games, movies, and even sitcoms. Bombarded with images the sensory development of compassion and empathy are muted. Death and casualty invoke no emotion because its reality has been quashed.
But there is another perverse numbing that has taken hold of society, and it involves adultery, affairs, sexual hookups and pornography. It is now so pervasive, it is estimated that over 50% of spouses engage in one or more venues. And yet the consequence of their action, doesn’t seem to reach a value surface. Everyone does it. I deserve happiness. I am entitled.
Left in the wake of these behaviors are a pool of victims – not just the spouse – but children, neighbors, friends, colleagues, business associates and of course, entire families. The incredible selfishness is waved, and the entitlement is embraced.
Of course the catastrophic snowball can include the possibility that both individuals partaking in this ‘relationship’ are leaving a wake behind them. And the snowballing of tragedy grows.
Sometimes the affair is the extension of a friendship, sometimes, a vengeance ploy, and other times it is an addiction. Instead of nurturing a marriage, a spouse may be addicted to the high of the ‘honeymoon’.
The morality of society has evolved to accept adultery just as we have accepted violence. Neither have benefited our culture, and both may be our ultimate demise. The ramifications have been and continue to be the dissolution of ‘family’. The legacy that is taught is one of the all important “Me”. The same “Me” generation that therapists encouraged.
And the consequences are a trail of destruction and a next generation of children immune to marriage and fidelity, wanting no part of the hurt it invokes. Why should I – my father/mother was a serial adulterer?
The same therapists who adamantly encourage selfishness, are now attempting to resolve non-commitment issues. When in fact, this causal/consequence was actually perpetrated by the idea that society must ‘accept everything’, even those ethics and moralities that cross boundaries. Tolerance means that porn and adultery are commonplace and therefore a normal part of our culture.
Get over it! Don’t be such a Child!
The mantra of an addict.
But our ethics have devolved even more. Inciting assassination is now considered acceptable behavior, and to some, it is even funny. What happens to the upcoming generation that embraces this ideology as well? There are no boundaries. There is no morality. Law is tossed and chaos rules.
Everything created on this earth was created in ‘Order”, there are rules for everything from how a tree grows, to when a flower opens it’s blossom, to how every miniscule particle of our ecosystem is dependent on another. So it is also with humans. When we disrupt this ‘Order” and devolve into chaos, our ecosystem collapses and humanity collapses.
Our bodies are vast creations of “Order”, but they’ve been disrupted by man’s desire to change what is natural and recreate it in an unauthentic environment. As a result we sit numbly and watch as chaos slowly takes hold – an inch at a time.
These three societal collapses are probably our greatest terror threat. They are about disunity. They don’t come from any place of goodness or compassion, and typically leave a trail of death as they numb our senses, devour our heart, and create a new generation of even colder, more detached children.
And yet, we continue to focus on the few, instead of the many…
3 thoughts on “Morality, Ethics, and A Dying Society”
I understand what you mean apart from “The mantra of an addict.”
Many times an addict will deflect their anger as being justified in an attempt to not take responsibility for their actions – in this they tell others to ‘just get over it’, ‘don’t be a child’, ‘everyone does it’, etc… That would be the mantra. Our society as a whole uses this deflection to blame everyone else instead of tending to the issues. Thanks for listening Ronnie!
I see what you mean now Helena, I am very familiar with addict’s deflection.