Originally posted by Freedom ERP
I think one of the issues today is that we have a section of our population who were not taught how to be decent human beings when they were growing
up, so they pass on the life lessons they were taught.
I fully agree, moving forward, teach people to be decent human beings should be the goal, but what can we do today?
A change of televised programming might be an effective start... Especially with the little ones. Show Barney having a disagreement that ends in a
discussion and mutual understanding of both sides, and why this or that action was wrong, what they could have done differently.
Change the general advertising -- switch from celebrities' dirty laundry to celebrities making positive changes, and how
they are working to
implement those changes. (I don't like Oprah -- but I loved reading about her efforts in Africa. At least she was trying to do
Instead of drugs and mental-health problems (1 out of ever 5 Americans has this or that mental disorder), messages of how to breath, handle stress,
and remain sane.
Instead of fear-mongering over those scary terrorists, a show trying to understand their (twisted) motives. (Impossible to work to solve a problem we
know nothing about...)
A commercial about how the actions of the individual actually impact others
, instead of this individualistic "Me me me" nonsense. (which, by
the way, is the first step in an infant's development.... the child's supposed to move beyond that. And yet we engender it in our adults...)
There's a lot that could be implemented, most of it starting with the media.
...and there lies the rub: Morality is not profitable.
There appears to be another section of our population being brought up by people who have little idea on what it means to be a decent human
Do we continue to let them breed?
Since we've started on the moral path, we shall stay there. (Biologically speaking, it's quite easy to understand why people should breed.)
It is not a given that horrible parents will always
produce horrible offspring. If the child is (at some point) taught logic and critical
thinking, then mere observations of bad examples will provide even more information on how to act (or, rather, how NOT to act).
One of the goals of a licensed breeding program could be to ensure that the future parents understood the point that once you have a child, it
comes first, now, tomorrow and until you die. And is being financially viable and having the means to support a child acceptable, if you have to work
all the hours in the day, and maybe the night to support your child.
How would such a program ensure the right mentality when having children? Threats of punishment? (which might
ensure right actions -- but those
actions cannot be truly correct if the mindset is wrong, so we haven't really
I am interested in who you think the hypocrites are? Diseria
People at large.
Throw a stone and you'll hit one (two if you're a good shot).
I realize that that's a gross over-generalization. I'd feel better if we knew that we were hypocrites -- consciously aware of our actions and how
they are not in alignment with our principles, AND consciously working to change our actions so that they ARE in alignment with our spoken/believed
The worse insult you can hurl at an ethical/moral person is "Hypocrite!"
I can call my neighbor a hypocrite. I have. All he does is shrug, "yeah, I know"... there's no shame anymore. There's no internal pull or external
push to work towards NOT being a hypocrite.
In fact, we're not even pushing for people to be truly Good. Under threat of punishment, people seek to simply not be bad. They don't push the old
lady out into the street because that's bad, and they will be punished.
At best, we are apathetic neutrals. We don't help the old lady across the street, bring her groceries in the house... if she can't do it for
herself, tough cookies grandma! Plus, there's no reward system for doing good deeds, nor is it punishable to not do good. (And no, I'm not
recommending that we install a system of punishment for not doing good actions. Again, that takes the purpose out of doing truly Good actions. And,
frankly, it won't produce moral citizens.)
Which brings up another idea -- instead of being a guilt culture, maybe we should work towards becoming a shame culture. Don't force people to atone
for their actions -- shame the # outta them!! A public shaming does wonders... (well, so I've heard...)
Edited for clarification.
[edit on 5-9-2007 by Diseria]
[edit on 5-9-2007 by Diseria]