Friday, June 01, 2007

Our Declining World Culture. Where Have All The Morals Gone?

I was born in 1953 post war America. In our upper middle class neighborhood the scandal of the day was some teenager stealing peoples mail, out of their mailboxes and dumping it down the street drains.

Today we have mass shootings, genocide and contaminated products being pawned off on unsuspecting consumers, world wide. Where has our sense of right and wrong gone? Sadly, I believe I found the answer from part of a book by Ravi Zacharias. Are you sure a world with no absolute truth ,rules or values is the world you want to live in?

Recapture the wonder by Ravi Zacharias

What children Have Lost

In the 1950’s kids lost their innocence. They were liberated from their parents by a
well paying job, cars and lyrics in music that gave rise to a new term: “the generation gap”.

In the 1960’s kids lost their authority. It was a decade of protest. Church, state and
parents were all called into question and found wanting. Their authority was rejected, yet nothing ever replaced it.

In the 1970’s kids lost their love. It was a decade of "me-ism” dominated by hyphen-
ated words beginning with “self". Self-image, self-esteem, self-assertion, it made for a lonely world. Kids learned everything there was to know about sex and forgot everything there was to know about love. No one had the nerve to tell them that there was a difference.

In the 1980’s kids lost their hope. Stripped of innocence, authority and love and
plagued by the horror of a nuclear nightmare, large and growing numbers of this generation stopped believing in the future.

In the 1990’s kids lost their power to reason. Less and less were they taught the very basics of language, truth and logic. And they grew up with the irrationality of a post modern world.

In the new Millennium kids woke up and found out that somewhere in the midst of
all this change they’d lost their imagination. Violence and perversion entertained
them till none could talk of killing innocence since none was innocent anymore. The
slide into despair began early, decades ago. The lack of innocence which is in reality the lack of wonder has a direct bearing on hopelessness and evil. The loss of wonder sets the stage for cynicism and doubt and unbelief.

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