Hello. Today I want to look at changes in “tradition” – mostly social norms, the erosion of what people often call “traditional values” and
old ideas about what is right and wrong. And I want to try to get to the bottom of whether it is a conspiracy or not. And if so, by who? If its not a
conspiracy, why is it happening? Or is it even happening at all?
By “tradition” I mean norms, values, habits, and manners rooted in “the old ways.” Not necessarily religious, but often influenced strongly by
religion. Yet just as often based on the practicalities of working together as humans in a simpler time, when a man's word was his bond and reputation
was more than the number of Facebook friends. Traditional norms regulated conduct in the bedroom and in business, in child-rearing and in the rituals
of life's turning points. Traditional morality differed in different places -- European traditions are obviously different from Chinese traditions, or
African ones, etc. -- but it shares the quality of tradition
. Areas governed by traditional morality include basic family structure, sexuality,
relations between men and women, relations between the young and the old, public etiquette, business ethics, comportment and bearing, one's use of the
spoken word, personal cultivation, construction of life goals, maintenance of community ties, and so on.
I am earnestly trying to come to terms with the changes in the social and cultural landscape that have taken place over the last 40 or 50 years and
only seem to be accelerating. I do not come here with preconceived notions about why this is happening (although at various times in my life I have
held very firm ideas on this topic). I come here with an open mind, to hear what you people have to say, and to hammer it out.
Every culture seems to go through an arc of rise and fall, whereby tradions arise and vanish. Does this happen "naturally" -- or can/should
the clock be turned back before its too late? From a series of paintings by Thomas Cole, 1830s.
The question becomes: Why are traditions vanishing? One could chalk it up to changing times, but I think it is more than that because we see an
aggressive and sustained assault on these values from the media, from academia, and from numerous other nodes within society.
Whether it is the
anti-traditional-family messages of Hollywood or the academic project to "deconstruct" culture, there seems to be a forceful and sustained effort by
powerful players in society to break down old ideas and ideals as rapidly as possible.
Now, I would like to consider this issue . Like I said, this is an issue I keep turning over and over in my mind and I have no clear idea why this is
happening. This is where you come in. We need to explore and brainstorm this together, deny ignorance and figure out the real reason or reasons.
Here are some ideas I've been working with. I'm sure there are lots more. Just to get us started...
Do changes in values simply reflect changing times and changing needs? Maybe the old ways are no longer adequate. Or is this a cop-out, especially if
somebody is deliberately engineering an attack on morality for some reason?
Maybe changes simply reflect the interaction of different cultures and different types of people in a smaller world. One aspect of multiculturalism is
cultural relativism, where people must be unmoored from the bedrock certainties of their views to accommodate the views of others. Healthy or
Or could it be that the whole idea of “traditional morality” is a lie to begin with? A hoax or a romantic fantasy? Life in the old days was
certainly no rose garden, cruel and oppressive. However, from my travels in the developing world I know for a fact there is such a thing as
“traditional culture” and I know it differs enormously from the postmodern dislocated globalized commercialized values spreading like wildfire
across the globe. And it’s not just a minor difference, either…the presence or absence of tradition has enormous impacts on people’s behavior
Is it planned? A conspiracy to destroy the old and usher in something? The NWO/brave new world/globalized elite control, illuminati agenda…all those
theories point in this direction. As do certain more mainstream theories. Some say the elite is out to destroy the family and manipulate sexuality so
that they can gain more control over you. Some say the end goal is an NWO population reduction agenda; some say its something else. Media is out to
support commercialism, which thrives on making people insecure and diverting attention and warping emotion to accelerate materialism and consumerism.
Is all this just the end result of different players bumping around together, or is it something more coordinated?
Let us try to understand together, ATS.
edit on 24-8-2011 by Never Despise because: (no reason given)