During the last 50 years or so Americans have learned to welcome welfare. Your parents probably will remember that not too many years ago there was a stigma attached. Something like a loss of respectability. Welfare was a very last resort. It was there for the disabled, handicapped, and chronically ill. It was to be avoided by fit and able and respectable workers. Not any more.
Those born recently don't have any concept of some of the old fashioned virtues. Things like character, integrity, and why it's important to be proud of your independence. We are standing by as families disintegrate. Maintaining family standards and family reputations have become a tradition of the past. We don't think about these things very often despite media overexposure. Just pay attention to your daily newspaper for example. If it is like mine there is a definite bias toward violence. The first page headlines shout about wars and catastrophes. There are horrible pictures of accidents, murders and dishonest political shenanigans. All of these things are "negative" and together they absorb most of the space in the paper. (Other than ads.) Television more or less follows the same pattern. We are positively overwhelmed by blood and guts and guns and bombs. Every day without pause we are bombarded with this kind of disturbing negative news. Consider that children are exposed to a preponderance of this stuff from the day they are born.
|WHAT HAPPENED ?|
As families fractured and religion became less influential, traditional values started to disappear in the fog. There was no clear path to learn important elements of character; like honesty, integrity, pride of self, and individual honor. For a number of years families didn't teach these things, schools didn't either, and the churches decline didn't help. Today American society is composed of children, teenagers and young adults who simply don't have a moral compass. Delinquency is rampant and the jails are full. There are armed gangs bringing terror to American streets every day in almost every city.
In addition to their victims, these hooligans are victims too. They are also victims because they were never taught traditional and historical values like: The Ten Commandments, the Golden Rule, and the difference between right and wrong.
So now we now have a serious societal problem. Can it be repaired?