O.K. I have one more observation I'd like to share.
I went back and re-read the definition of Morality (which I recommend others here do as well): Definition
From what I can see (and I could be wrong,..you be the judge),.....Morals cannot decline, they can only change. Each individual upholds their own
moral standards, and moral standards usually vary from person to person. There is the basic Moral Conduct that your society asks of you (i.e. don't
kill, don't steal, etc. etc.), and then there is proper moral conduct that you set for yourself, and adhere to (i.e. should I be polite to those who
are rude to me? Should I turn in that wallet I found on the street? Should I tell the police that my best friend stole a shirt from the department
So in conclusion,...... the question should not be; "Have morals in America declined?",.... it should be "How have morals of the American society
changed over the years,.... and why?" "Have they changed for the better or worse according to your personal moral standards?"
In fact I think American society's 'basic' (upheld by the law) Moral standards have increased.
Back in the day it was O.K. to beat and/or kill someone simply because of the color of their skin. Today the law would punish you for
beating/killing someone only because of the color of their skin.
Back in the day it was O.K. to enslave someone simply because of the color of their skin. Today slavery is unacceptable, and punishable by
Back in the day women were not equal to men, and did not have the same human rights. Today women can vote, and do whatever they desire to
Back in the day public hangings were O.K. Today hanging a man/woman in public is absolutely unacceptable, and in some states the death
penalty is absolutely unacceptable.
Back in the day you had no worker unions, workers were mistreated, and even children as young as 5 years old were employed in certain
factories. Today such things are unacceptable, and workers have unions who look out for them. Most companies are required to offer health insurance,
Back in the day if you rented a place to live, and it began falling appart around you, there was not much you could do. Today we have
certain living standards and laws that require land-owners to take care of their rental properties.
Back in the day racism and religious intolerance was a part of society. Today such discrimination is unacceptable.
Back in the day freedom of speech and Gay pride parades were a bit foreign to the public. Today we provide the freedom to all who wish to
speak their mind. We may not always like it, but we accept that they have the right to express themselves.
Back in the day it didn't take much evidence to have you convicted, and sent to jail, even for something you didn't do (i.e. Witchcraft),
or something as trivial as holding different religious beliefs (i.e. No one is getting burned at the stake because they said they didn't believe in
Christ). Today the law requires solid evidence with credible witnesses,....and so forth.
Honestly there is so much more that could be mentioned. Morals have changed in America, no doubt about it. Like I said in my previous post,....I
think in many cases they've changed for the better. Once again,.... everyone's moral beliefs differ, and the only moral beliefs we are required to
uphold are the ones enforced by the law.
A society's morals are in place in order to make it possible for the many large and multicultural groups to get along inside one Country. Guess
what,..... they get along better today than they ever did! America must be doing something right.
I know there are a lot of Countries in the
world who have their multicultural/multireligious groups fighting each other as we speak. Maybe they need to reconsider their current moral values.