Why Is This Important?
I chose to talk about moral decay, because the American life as we know it is in continuous decline. According to National Review, there are a few specific areas in which we see are able to clearly see this decline.
Decline of Family
The first area of decline mentioned is within family. As of 2013, nearly half of American women have children without being married, and 43% of children grow up without a father in their lives. In addition, as of 2013 about 50% of Americans over the age of 18 are married, compared to 72% in 1960. As you may guess, this has shown to take a tole on the child, as they are never directly exposed to a healthy and well-balanced family dynamic.
The second area of decline mentioned stems from addiction. I’m sure many of us have seen how addictions can take hold of someone and rip their lives apart, but when did this all start? How are there so many more options to choose from? How has this become so prevalent? That’s really a whole other talk show, but we can clearly see that there’s a correlation with the decline in our morals.
The End of Right and Wrong
An additional area of decline mentioned is the end of right and wrong. The argument for this, is that the last two generations have been taught that moral categories are nothing more than personal or societal preferences and opinions. In other words, the author states that instead of explicitly understanding the difference between right or wrong, the individual is left to make that determination.
What Can we do?
Well that’s the ultimate question, isn’t it? When we see marriages crumbling, addiction becoming more prevalent, our basic morals in question, and countless other aspects not mentioned that directly effect our morals, is there even an answer? All I know is that we have a responsibility to uphold certain moral standards in an attempt to make society the best it can be. We have a responsibility to help those that are down and discouraged. We can lift those who need a helping hand. We can inspire them to get back up on their feet and try harder. We can do this through kindness and service and encouragement and love. The moral values of the world can and will continue to erode and decline for some. We do not have to sit back and allow these decaying values to continue to destroy the strength of our society. We are not alone in this fight, and we can each make a difference.