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September 9, 2008

The Kids of the Me-Generation Withdraw

Filed under: ChatRoulette.com,History,Hu Jintao,Law,on religion,Politics — baseball91 @ 11:26 PM
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Ideas have consequences.  Moral relativism was a philosophy based upon the denial of moral absolutes.  

 

Ideas have consequences.  Hiroshima.  The Holocaust.  There was a reason that students were allowed to major in philosophy in institutions of higher learning. 

 

Moral relativism was a philosophy based upon the denial of moral absolutes.  Public enemy number one is moral absolutes, moral principals, in the age of diversity.  In the age of diversity, I am free to create my own values so that a value system without true value promotes selfishness.  Moral relativism meets human freedom in the political issues of our day. 

 

The abortion issue of the 1970s separated Americans. In Roe v. Wade, “privacy of morality” came to the discussion of whether abortion was evil.  The Supreme Court essentially said that it is not for the government to determine the question, but rather each individual woman.  And in the same time frame, public schools have been teaching the philosophy of moral relativism, where no one was right, no one was wrong. 

 

It was and is the age of diversity, and the nation was split on the issue of abortion, on gay marriage.  Moral relativism states that morality is not universal but changeable relative to changing times, a subjective feeling not based on good or bad, individually based.   Values are just relative to a culture.  Laws of one child in China were moral there but not in the western hemisphere.    

 

This was the culture wars.  Home-schooling was one response, a withdrawl response, rather than converting this pluralistic society.  Sloth means the passivity of the will, and to a degree this response was a form of passivity, breaking down community. 

 

The consequence of a flawed philosophy is the end of this civilization.  With the spread of moral relativism, the human species is more and more trivialized, relativized through the whole world as western pop culture takes hold through media.  The loss of moral principals means the end of our species and damning our souls, said C.S. Lewis, and a society will perish if moral relativism survives.  Moral relativism was not just a flawed philosophy for individuals, but for society, promoting selfishness to a new height.  No society has survived with a society of relativists. 

 

Do laws get passed to maximize human happiness?  Politics does meet religion, and fewer young people desire to get involved, and as a consequence a sense of community seems farther and farther removed. 

 

Politics and religion:  the story of the second millennium was the break up of Christianity in the world.  This divided Christian church in a divided world was bound to continue to occur, with 20,000 denominations since 1054. The ultimate effect was not one of multiplication of faith as much as amputation of limbs, as people were ready to fall off.  

Was the same break up coming in the way of govenments?  With this kind of leadership model, in a changing world, by those schooled in moral relativism, we will all become indifferent to others, out for ourselves.  THIS was a new paradigm that will one day destroy institutions. When in the age of media, since the advent of television, the search for beauty replaces the search for truth.  Or has it already destroyed politics?

 

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  1. In a gritty novel about an Iraqi War vet working as a policeman, the writer demonstrates the struggle of a cop who has seen much of life’s violence to just survive working alongside of life’s injustice, capturing the brutal underside of the city. What stands out in this electrifying and economical prose, is how police were more trigger-happy then ever before, as a consequence of all of these war veterans now given preferential hiring treatment by police departments. The war vet back at home with PTSS that the Marine recruiter never told him would threaten him forever in his next job, in the honesty of his/her inner and outer suffering. Leaving one place far from home where so many aimed to killed in the name of their God, the war vet was going back to a hometown with so much support, working for the state in a place where Church and State were so separated.

    Comment by baseball91 — November 28, 2011 @ 8:11 PM | Reply

  2. http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/post-partisan/wp/2015/04/30/how-western-media-would-cover-baltimore-if-it-happened-elsewhere/

    What happens as you hire more war veterans on local police forces can be less caring cops, with a military kind of thinking about good guys and bad guys, as local police became more militarized and the news media tried to create heroes.

    My father used to say that wars were made by men who had never been to war –men who did not know that once started, it never ends. The Great War ended with the Armistice in 1918, but my father lived another sixty years. And during all that time, the war never left his memory or his nightmares. Nor is it ever far from mine, because the violence my father brought home fell on me, shattering whatever small childish trust I may once have had in the simplicity of love. The violence of war does not end when peace is declared — often receding merely from public to private life.” –Ann Jones

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/posteverything/wp/2015/04/29/why-is-america-celebrating-the-beating-of-a-black-child/?tid=pm_opinions_pop_b

    Comment by baseball91 — February 24, 2012 @ 4:11 PM | Reply

  3. The number of Americans calling themselves Christians has fallen in recent years — from 78.4 percent in 2007 to 70.6 percent in 2014 — according to the Pew Research Center Survey released today. As an appendix with the survey, with the percentage calling themselves Catholic down to 21 percent from 24 percent, the percent of people identifying themselves as Catholic in Minnesota dropped from 28 percent in 2007 to 22 percent, in a nation which grew in number by eight percent over this period. On April 24, 2007, Archbishop John Nienstedt took over as archbishop of the Saint Paul-Minneapolis Archdiocese, three years and one week after Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger had been elected pope.

    Yes, when a shepherd does not smell like sheep, the sheep get very uncomfortable and do not follow.

    Comment by baseball91 — May 12, 2015 @ 11:09 PM | Reply


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