SHORT COMMUNICATION 364
America-Richer But Poorer
There was a time (the 1930’s) in America when the American citizens were really experiencing some very bad economic times. The great economic Depression was in full swimming. Unemployment was above 25%. The economy was at a complete stop. Those that had a job were lucky to be working three days a week. People were losing their homes. Suicides increased dramatically. Ends were very hard to meet. The economic mode of daily living was the order of the day. So was another mode of daily living-the Christian way of living each day. The Americans of eighty years ago were economically poor, but they were morally quite rich. The exact opposite is true today.
In the modern American culture of today (2013) people who are poor have a level material wealth that would have been a pipe dream to yesterday’s Americans. But in spite of the fact that today’s Americans have achieved an unprecedented level wealth, Americans are very poor-spiritually and morally. The large majority of Americans who are spiritually and morally poor are greatly in inferior to yesterday’s Americans. It is like night and day. The impoverishment greatly hurts the American culture.
In today’s American culture the level of poor spiritually and morality would be considered great character defects eighty years ago. But this is not so today. What’s worse is there is little condemnation of it by those who are spiritual and moral. Crude behavior and language are accepted today.
In yesterday’s America out-of-wedlock childbirth would not occasion a baby shower; divorce was not a way to go; pornography was not at all acceptable; teen sex was very seldom; women dressed very modestly; honesty was the best policy; children respected parents and lawful authority; most families attended church regularly on SUNDAY; despicable acts in personal live was not openly discussed there was no Popular TV to contaminate family lives; customs, traditions, and moral values were honored and revered. Good behavioral norms were transmitted by example, word of mouth, religious teaching, rules of etiquette and manners. Personal behavior was ladylike or gentlemanly.
Police officers and courts cannot replace the social restraints on personal behavior. Religion is not even a factor any longer in character development. At best, laws, police, and the criminal justice system are society’s last desperate line of defense. So the richer America is going to stay the poorer and disgustingly unacceptable America.