Skip to comments.Raising "Right and Wrong" Kids in a "Whatever" World
Posted on 09/23/2011 2:41:14 PM PDT by NYer
A sociologist from the University of Notre Dame published a study gauging the moral thinking of 18-23 year olds. The results are depressing and for this father of five, they’re scary.
David Brooks of the New York Times summarized the study, saying that moral thinking to a large extent was considered a relative matter or not considered at all, even regarding issues such as cheating on a partner or drunken driving. Brooks writes that “when asked to describe a moral dilemma they had faced, two-thirds of the young people either couldn’t answer the question or described problems that are not moral at all.”
Two-thirds?! That’s a cultural disaster.
Disturbingly, many said that morality is a “matter of individual taste.” The perceived absence of an objective morality is, I believe, devastating for our culture. Without a common morality how can a discussion about morality actually occur? Through the imposition of secularism, we’ve created a Babel of morality. A whole generation has come to believe not in truth, but truth with pronouns with “my truth” and “your truth” holding equal weight. And the only sin worthy of castigation in secular America is to impose “your truth” on “my truth.”
Pontius Pilate, of course, famously wondered “What is truth?” but many in this coming generation don’t even have to bother to ask Pilate’s question. They don’t see the need to ask because “truth” for so many has become so abundant it’s meaningless. When every whim and mood carries with it new truth as valid as the last situationally inspired truth, why bother searching?
Dennis Prager writes:
One key reason is what secularism does to moral standards. If moral standards are not rooted in God, they do not objectively exist. Good and evil are no more real than “yummy” and “yucky.”
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There no fewer dads to beat morality into their kids.
Culturally and morally uneducated fools.
Let me try that again....
There are now fewer Dads around to reinforce morality into their childrens’ daily lives.
And too many moms and dad more interested in their dating patterns than teaching their kids.
A victory for relativism is a death knell for civilization.
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And too many moms and dads who think it’s immoral to impose their “truth” on their children’s “truth”. This is resulting on an exponential decay of morality in this country.
Sounds like socialized education is working.
I live by the Golden Rule and simple rational thought.
I don’t understand why it’s so difficult for many people to live this way without thinking they will otherwise burn for all eternity.
I don’t believe the problem is lack of religion. It’s simply a lack of intelligence and knowledge.
You're right. That's a big factor in this.
Absolutely. I wish I’d thought of that. This apathy towards morality likely has a great deal to do with the disappearance of fathers.
Great point. Thanks.
I would say you could extend the lack of moral thinking to people well beyond the age of 23.
Education system going straight to He11. And dragging the kids along.
Train up a Child in the way THEY should go and when they are older they'll not turn from it." Proverbs 22:6
Her emphasis on THEY has always kind of left me scratching my head, but for some reason it seems appropriate to this discussion.
WARNING: Having absolute morals will make you an enemy of the big government state.
Remember: In the village of cannibals it is offensive and hateful to think cannibalism is wrong.
Your friend seems to imagine that “they” is the English language’s neuter personal pronoun, rather than a plural personal pronoun. A stellar product of modern education, they must be.
‘THEY’ — she is afraid to quote the Bible: “Train up a child in the way he should go.’ The libbies cannot bear to say ‘he’ only, and must mess it up with he/she or ‘they,’ even if ‘a child’ is singular and ‘they’ is plural.
ANYTHING to change the thinking of the masses. Resist!
What motivates us is love:
"What does the LORD require of you, but to act justly, to love tenderly, and to walk humbly with your God?"
"But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you;
"That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he makes his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust."
"Be ye therefore perfected, as you heavenly Father is perfect."
This is love, not fear. And as it is written, "Perfect love casts out fear."
Sadly, even the kids in my Confirmation classes have been affected by the moral relativism that pervades our culture. I hear it in the discussions we have in class, and I have no problem in correcting their 'beliefs' in that idea. I tell them what the Church teaches, and that, to be considered a 'good Catholic', they are supposed to comport themselves to those teachings from Jesus. I also tell them that God created us with free will, and there will be sometimes they choose poorly, and that's why the Sacrament of Penance is such a GIFT!