Saturday, August 20, 2005

Deficit of Morality, Too, Zell

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Here is a nice column from Russell Williams looking at the decaying moral fiber of American youth. Given our current media/pop culture, it would be absolutely absurd to think that any other outcome is possible.

[[ Rutgers University released a survey conducted with 4,500 high school students. Cheating was the focus of the survey. Seventy-five percent of the respondents said they cheated regularly. Eighty percent indicated that they saw nothing wrong with cheating.

I am most interested in the second finding. The fact that a significant number, four of five respondents, declared there is nothing wrong with cheating reveals a societal moral and ethical hole that is sobering to consider.

Abraham Lincoln once stated: "It is the eternal struggle between these two principles, right and wrong. They are the two principles that have stood face to face from the beginning of time and will ever continue to struggle."

Does this survey suggest that significant numbers of today's youth carry a blurred, confused or morally indifferent outlook on the perennial struggle of right and wrong, specifically on the wrong called cheating
? ]] (LINK to story)

With hollywood delivering a virtually nonstop barrage of indecent movies and television shows for decades now... how can anyone wonder why kids are experiencing problems like this? It is like pouring gasoline on a fire and wondering why it isn't going out.

In any case, I believe that America will find her way through this period... and that our tomorrows will be a bit brighter and less "R" rated than our today is... but, then, that's the silly and absurd optimist in me.

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3 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks for that KMG. I sent that one to my oldest son who's graduating next year. He goes to a pretty tough private school where you have to sign an honor pledge every school year. If you get caught cheating, you're OUT! It seems one person gets the boot every year for cheating. It doesn't hurt to remind him about the immorality of it. I think everyone needs a reminder once in awhile.

SAJ

20/8/05 20:00  
Anonymous Tsar Lazar said...

And you know, this habitual dishonesty also explains the high percentage of people who cheat on a spouse. Everything's interconnected---something which secular humanists utterly fail to understand when trying to create a system of ethics that is disconnected from the Divine.
But then, of course, "everybody does it" so it's ok. Bill Bennett wrote a great book some years back called THE DEATH OF OUTRAGE which talks about this very thing.

20/8/05 21:40  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

No one will ever be able to say that the liberals of today contributed to the moral uplifting of our nation. Whatever else they might try to stake a claim to, they won't be able to grab that.

21/8/05 00:20  

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