Friday Fodder: Declining Moral Values
There are many differing opinions on the reason for the decaying of moral values in our society. One thing that is mutually agreed upon is that it is indeed decaying. Or declining. Some say it is just scriptures coming to past. Others blame it on television. Maybe it is all the above and then some. For me, one of the major reasons is parenting. Moral values go hand in hand with parenting. Proper parenting ensures that values are instilled in our children. If we fail to do that, then they grow up barely able to discern right from wrong. Then they make their own laws.
It’s interesting to note the differences in the problems that schools in the 1940’s faced compared to schools in the 80’s. Just a 40 year gap. Astounding! In the 40’s, the major problems were truancy, running in the halls, talking in class, and chewing gum. In the 80’s, the problems included teenage pregnancy, violence, stealing, rape, bringing knives and guns to school, drug abuse and vandalism. And that’s in the eighties!
The students still run in the halls but now they run with guns. They still chew gum and chew out their teachers and talk back to them. Yes, I put the blame squarely on the shoulders of parents. But…but…we can’t control what our kids become when they grow up. This is usually our whiny and pathetic excuse for our failure to provide our kids with the proper tools to grow into men and women with morals. In truth, we are too lazy, ill-equipped to teach or just bad parents. Yeah, there is such a thing. But how about television? So many bad shows out there and their friends are also influential. Gimme a break! No excuses! Some of us do suck at parenting.
Yes, sometimes we do our best as parents but our kids still veer off the track. You can’t be blamed in that case, but when I see so many instances of parents who have apparently thrown in the towel, allowing their wards to do as they please, we have a problem and it’s us.
Then there’s the justice system that seems powerless to do anything to curb youth crime. Too young to show their faces in the media. Too young to name them. Too young to punish them. Punish the parents instead if they try to punish their own kids. Protect the kids at all cost! Even if that cost is morality.
Just my take.
- Did religion help give primitive civilisation certain moral values? (secularnewsdaily.com)
- R.E.S.P.E.C.T and what it means to me.