Sunday, September 19, 2010

Moral Values

The right wing has a point about the decline of moral values, but it is not about gays and abortion. It is about the rise of rampant greed and me-ism and the decline of responsibility. Those most responsible for our recent banking crisis refuse to acknowledge that they did anything wrong (and are doing it again.) Another example--Enbridge, a pipeline company that operates in Michigan has had over 90 violations in the last several years, but no government agency did anything about it. Their latest failure resulted in a spill and pollution of a river near Kalamazoo. In my hometown, real estate sellers use the curb-side public right away to advertise their homes, even if it is against city codes. When I called them on it, their answer was "Well, we have to sell real estate." They are saying that their needs are the only thing that counts, and others be damned. And, they justify it in terms of freedom, theirs!
Far too many people touting support for moral values are missing the point.


Tracy said...

I agree with you about the rampant me-ism and decline of responsibility, but I think that the problems that it causes are broader than the pet issues of the politicians from either wing. Does every society fall into selfishness when it is prosperous for many decades? Whether the result of the selfishness is out-of-wedlock babies or profit-seeking that damages others, we seem to have lost the ability to pass moral values along to our young. C.S. Lewis described this in The Abolition of Man: "We make men without chests and expect of them virtue and enterprise. We laugh at honor and are shocked to find traitors in our midst." God help us all.

Allan Schmid said...

Good points. I wish I better understood the process of cultural change.