Our collective moral code is very, very different from the moral code our parents were born into.
In some ways, there has been improvements. Compared us to them, and racism isn’t really an issue anymore. We prefer, overwhelmingly, merit-based systems instead of systems based on seniority or some other pointless distinguishing factor. We are more skeptical, we tend to have a better grasp of basic scientific concepts, and we’re more tolerant.
But along the way, we’ve lost a few things.
We don’t value sexual purity anymore. Promiscuity before marriage, and infidelity in marriage seem to be the norm, if you believe popular culture. Lying, cheating, and stealing aren’t really that bad, as long as you are lying to, cheating, and stealing from people who don’t deserve it (as if we are able to judge worthiness.) Life is losing value, shown by our lack of willingness to get married, raise families, and put children above all else.
We lack humility, reverence, respect. We don’t even know what the word “meek” means anymore. We don’t focus our lives around impossible ideals. We have no God but ourselves.
Our language is coarse. Our ideas simple. Our vocabulary rapidly diminishing. Our knowledge of history and other cultures (beyond superficial facts) is all but gone.
We combine politics with religion and science, something our grandfathers knew to keep separate. Our state religion is atheism. We worship scientists and we are taught not to question expert opinion, although we question every other authority.
Of course, I am not speaking about individuals, I am talking collectively. I can’t deny that the culture I live and work in is all of the above. If you can’t detect my disapproving tone, then you aren’t paying attention.
What shall be done? Simply put, put God back in His place. You don’t have to be a genius to see why setting God, the ultimate embodiment of all that is good, just, and merciful, as the center of our lives is the most important thing we can do. Glenn Beck is absolutely right about this. It doesn’t matter what religion you belong to, if any, or even whether you actually believe such a being exists. What’s most important is we focus our individual lives around these permanent ideals.
From there, we will find it clear that things like respect for life, liberty and property is important. Without us rendering our duty to respect each other’s rights, we have no rights that will not be infringed upon.
Set life as the priority. Marry. Raise a family. Have 5 kids, or maybe 10. Stay married, don’t get divorced. Work things out with your spouse. Live and learn. Raise your children to be outstanding, honorable children.
Sexual activity—that thing which brings life into the world—should be preserved for the marital relationship. We know, scientifically, that there is a deep, emotional bond formed with sexual activity. Is it any wonder that sexual deviance from chastity leads to broken homes? We should use that deep, emotional bond to strengthen the marriage vow, and commit the loving couple into long-term, eternal fidelity. That means we begin a purge of our culture. All elements which detract from sexual chastity should be removed and erased. We shouldn’t give a dime to any author, writer, or actor who creates for us stories that exalt sexual immorality. We shouldn’t elevate them, but we should explain what they are doing by portraying sex the way they do.
Live your life with honor. Look up what “meek” means. It doesn’t mean weak. It means quiet, gentle, submissiveness. Submissive to what? Our eternal, unchanging ideals. Respect, honor, dignity are things that take hard work. We should develop these attributes, encourage the development in others, and elevate these as more important than their opposites.
Separate the political from the religious and the scientific. Politics corrupts everything it touches. Keep it isolated to those things with which it must be involved, but no more. That means we don’t use politics to further our favorite religion, whether it be Christian or Atheist. That means we don’t have political solutions to scientific problems. That really means limited government, government which is incapable of influencing in the smallest degree our religious or scientific culture.
Let’s stop stealing from each other. Using the government to take from someone else and give to yourself is wrong, and it will always be wrong. Either you render a service at market prices for which the government compensates you, or you get nothing. You have no claim to anything of anyone else’s. The rich owe you nothing.
I doubt the message will be heard. These ideas are, of course, completely contrary to everything we live in today. But our culture is really a sum of its parts. If the vast majority of the people acted with honor, refused to steal, and cherished life and virtue, then our culture would be identified with those traits.
So take these messages into your own heart, apply them to your own life, and live as an example to others. That’s all you can do, after all.