Have We Squandered Our Cultural Inheritance?

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    Have We Squandered Our Cultural Inheritance?
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    By Timothy Dalrymple

    Believe it or not, Glenn Beck gets it.
    Whatever else Beck has right or wrong -- and I confess I have never watched or listened to him much -- it seems to me that he is correctly interpreting the present moment. Which is no small matter. And, as indicated by the "Restoring Honor" held before the Lincoln Memorial last Saturday, he might even be correctly responding to it.
    What does he get? Beck gets that there is a deeply and urgently felt conviction emerging organically across a broad swath of the American populace that the spectacular economic and political collapses of recent years were made possible -- even inevitable -- by a much longer Great Moral Decline. Americans' commitment to Judeo-Christian principles, secured for most by a belief in biblical authority, long served to fuel the engine and fortify the rails of our government and economy. Yet now, it is feared, that commitment is no longer powerful and pervasive enough to propel the American marketplace and constrain the excesses and abuses in private and public sectors. In the words of Dr. Alveda King: "Our material gains seem to be going the way of our moral losses."
    This is not an exclusively religious concern. Even secular scholars have long recognized that America's Judeo-Christian heritage supplied a set of ideals and principles -- such as the Protestant work-ethic and strong commitments to honesty, integrity, and compassion -- that encouraged and reinforced the habits and qualities that tend to help democracies and free markets flourish.
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    Can you provide any data that there has been a Moral Decline?

    If so, can you prove that it affected the economy?
     
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    Dat true. Rule of law as well.

    In Japan and China they have a moral code based on personal honor that probably worked better. But it too is in decay.

    However many say that materialism itself destroys morality. Which is why many resist the corrupting influence of modern economies.
     
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    are you serious? Just take one look at Congress.
     
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    Sorry...doesn't answer the question

    Show a period of time we have had high moral values and then show how we have had a "moral decline" since then

    What moral values have declined?
    Show how they impacted the economy
     
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    Good question.

    We abolished slavery

    We granted civil rights that can no longer be denied due to race, creed, color, gender, age, or disability

    We stopped practices like child labor

    We made sure that a basic education was available to all

    We succeeded in keeping religion from being a factor in our public institutions

    Yeah we squandered our cultural inheritance. Good riddance.
     
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    Good point. More minorities and woman than ever before, making that body much more a reflection of who we are as a people, rather than a body of old white men. Is that a bad thing? To me, that has made us a more moral people, and elevated our core beliefs in equality.
     
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    Traditionally morals equate not with just religion but ethics and how one should live one's life. Children were taught to think of others and such things as tone of voice, language, manners, respect, thrift, and use of time.

    Adults and children and those in power in government and business sure could use those types of lessons today.
     
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    Rightwinger.. You're welcome to spend the day chasing data as you please, but I don't choose to do so. This is an OPINION piece and one that I happen to agree with. Unlike you, I don't need a stack of data to validate my opinion to myself.
     
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    As ugly as our rhetoric is today, it's still a helluva lot better than it was in other periods of our history. At least our congress isn't clubbing each other with canes to the point of coma, because of a fundamental disagreement in policy. It's been a long time since a sitting vice president murdered a former treasury secretary in a duel.
     

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