Someone asks at every horrific memorial service, “Why do we have so much violence?” “When will it change?”
Some voice the reason as mental illness; others mention religious persecution; and the president and political figures blame it on the gun who has no mind of its own. I say it is in the minds of our culture.
In little more than a half century, our culture has changed from “happy is the average family with two children living in the suburbs”. Elvis was banned on TV & and shown only from the waist up so his pelvic motions weren’t viewed by the kids. His gyrations were 'disgraceful'.
Newlyweds planned for the ‘blessed event’ and the word ‘abortion’ wasn’t ever said out loud; it was rare and ungodly. Dads worked and brought home the bacon and Moms were the rule of the roost, making a home for the family and was there when the kids got home from school.
God was an integral part of life; even in public school, students took turns reading Scripture from the Bible in homeroom before they said the Pledge of Allegiance to the flag and started their day. The family structure usually had a faith base, took their annual vacation together and sat down each night, together, to share dinner and the day’s events. Patriotism – God & Country - were staples of life. Kids were happy, played outside, had friends and a safe place at home. Girls could be tomboys and boys could take dancing lessons - they grew up and emulated their Moms & Dads who were their role models. They are the grandparents of today. If you ask them, they will tell you they had 'happy childhoods".
Things changed during the 60s and 70s by the Beatles, drugs, free love and the Vietnam War. People rebelled against the ‘establishment', family structure, and the ten commandments. "Do what feels good."
Many of the folks from that era are now integrated in our government today and hold high offices. Our president, who was indoctrinated in Indonesian schools never said the Pledge of Allegiance to America or sang the Star Spangled Banner. Over years, our culture changed.
Today, Hollywood has evolved from "disgraceful" pelvic motions to nudity, progressive lifestyles, profanity and easily accessible porn. Legalizing same-sex marriage and transgenders. These are our new generations’ role models. Babies are no longer ‘blessed events’ – they are ‘mistakes’ and ‘women’s right’ to abort them – 87% of them aborted for ‘inconvenience’. Some abort them for gender selection. We have morphed into the desensitization of aborting and gone the extra step of hatching still breathing infants to sell their body parts. Life has ceased to be sacred - what's the difference between hatching or killing babies or shooting down students? What are we saying to the next generation?
Due to seven elected judges who decided to allow same sexes to be married - now we have Dads & Dads and Moms & Moms. Many at some point break up and change their minds and then become Dads and Moms again – and these are our new generations’ role models. The government has supported gender change, and some of our young teens are able to ‘change’ their sex without parental permission. You are allowed to be a different gender at any time if you 'think' it. And we are allowing people to end their own lives.
Technology came about in the 1980s and has transformed our newer generations into human robots who are computer & cell phone addicted. One of the effects of obsessive use of cell phones is narcissism - multiples of selfies posted on social media - coupled with loss of communication - less conversation, personal interface and abbreviated messages called texting. They don’t speal much to each other or their family or their parents. These young people will be the role models of the next generation.
Breakdown of the family through the growing self-interests of busy parents and uncommunicative children coupled with the breakdowns of faith and emergences of government-initiated different lifestyles has fractured family life as we knew it. Members of the same family frequently spend holidays or special occasions separately with 2nd or 3rd generation step-parents and not the orginal family. We are morphing into a culture where love, caring, sharing, loyalty and family values are replaced by overlapping of different values, interests and mindsets.
Our changing culture is consistently becoming nasty if you are not (in their view) politically correct – and you are labeled a ‘hater’ ‘bigot’ ‘racist’ or worse. Even our government and celebrities do this. If you value faith, you are called superstitious, a Bible Thumper, a radical right-wing or worse. Your traditions, beliefs and actions are criticized as offensive, but atheists, and these name-calling persons are protected by the communistic-founded ACLU. It is OK for them to be offensive to faith people but we must satisfy them and not God & common sense? So who and what are we, anymore? Do we want no God, no Commandments of right and wrong? We are our own mapmakers of our destinies. Where's our voices?
Marie Coppola. Revised August 2016