So I see many threads these days decrying America's falling morals and how we are on some sort of trip to hell for things like gay marriage,
over-sexualization on television, drugs, crime, guns, homosexuality in general, etc. So I am making this thread as a counterpoint to those threads.
None of the things that people use as evidence of our declining morals are really declining morals. Just changes in how we view the world as well as
what is and isn't socially acceptable. With restrictions on these morals being lifted, we have benefited greatly from these things. Without women's
suffrage, we wouldn't have many of our great female leaders, thinkers, and inventors who are shaping our country. Here is a list of
female inventors of the modern era
. These people invented many objects that you and I
use everyday. Would their contributions to society be possible if we maintained the views towards women we had back in the 1800's? Homosexuality is
another great example here. How many great actors or athletes come out of the closet? Neil Patrick Harris is gay and he is a damn good actor and
pretty funny to boot.
Over-sexualization is another issue I see people complain about. But why? Why are we as humans so embarrassed of our naked bodies, especially the
erogenous zones? Clothes make sense in that they are great for keeping us warm or unexposed to the elements, but as a means to cover our shame? Why?
Why is this even the case to begin with? Every female has the same body parts just as every male has the same body parts. All humans share mostly the
same body parts, therefore if you've seen yourself naked, you pretty much know what anyone else looks naked. So what's the problem?
The root of this issue probably lies with humans' views of sex. Culture tends to look at sex as an ugly act, but it is anything but ugly. It is
beautiful in every sense of the word. The purpose of it is to create new life, but its side effects make the two engagers feel intense pleasure and
satisfaction. These two things make it a great physical act to show your love for another, but there are not instructions for sex. Sex doesn't have
to be a demonstration of two people's love. It could just be two people doing something that feels good. In contrast to this, we have violence ALL
over television and media which most Americans won't even bat an eye to watch. How is it that people view a nipple or two as offensive, but watching
John McClane shoot up a building full of bad guys is perfectly acceptable (keep in mind that the plot to that movie is nonsensical and would NEVER
happen in real life, cause if it did those bank robbers would be the worst bad guys ever)?
I will touch briefly on drugs, but since I don't want to have the thread removed, it will be short and very abstract. Drugs have only been illegal
for a short period of time. Society viewing them as bad is only a recent view. People have been doing them forever and they haven't destroyed any
other societies. Even the Opium Wars in China didn't destroy that country (sure it set them back quite a bit, but last I checked China is still a
country and a world power).
Homosexuality and gay marriage are two other hot buttons that these people bring up as evidence of our falling morals. But to that I say, who gave you
or whatever institution you represent (usually religious) authority over what is and isn't a real marriage? Last I checked, societies have been
getting married all over the world since we climbed down from the trees. Homosexuality is documented in pretty much every society in existence past
and present. No god of any religion has successfully wiped it out or even taken an interest in it enough to punish these "heathens." So why are
people so opposed to it? Because its unnatural in their eyes? Their sex cannot make a new life? So what? Their actions aren't hurting you or anyone
you love, so what does it matter?
Now I know what people are going to say in response to my thread here. They will point to examples like Milley Cyrus twerking on stage or some other
degenerate act that some famous person is doing. But to all of that I say that there is no such thing as a 100% pure concept. You are going to get bad
things with any set of morals a society adopts. There will always be people who will take advantage of things to profit off of. But I see more people
as happy when they are free to pursue whatever makes them happy. If it isn't negatively affecting someone else, then who are we to say that they
shouldn't do it? If the person is happy and content, then that is all that matters in the end.
The other issue my detractors will bring up is corruption, but corruption will arise regardless of the state of the society; it is inevitable. It
effects everything. But to view corruption as a result of looser morals is just trying to reclassify a reality as a symptom. To all the people who
will disagree with my OP, I put forth a challenge. Please produce ONE example of a society with strict morals that you believe in that has been
successful and not prone to overt corruption. I put forth this challenge, because I know that there doesn't exist a society that hasn't been
influenced by mass corruption in the past. Religious, secular, or in between, corruption has wormed its way into all societies. To argue that a rise
in corruption is due to lower morals is just ignoring reality.