Monday, July 29, 2019

The Scarcity of Ethics and Morality in our Society Has Taken a Toll

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Good Day World!

I loved the way Michelle Obama talked about positivity in society in her book Becoming. 

I still remember when the former first lady talked about taking the high road when the other side takes the low road early on in her husband's presidency.

Any attempt at setting a professional example in government affairs designed to benefit the majority of Americans, died with the ascendancy of a con man to the presidency in 2016. 

The old traditions of politicians being polite in public were tossed into the Potomac River like a sack of puppies when Trump slithered into the White House.

Let's take a moment to address what morality means. 

Off-hand, it sounds judgmental. But, morality simply means the distinction between good and bad behavior. There has to be a line somewhere to have a peaceful society.

Now let's take close look at morality's close cousin, ethics.

Ethics are a branch of the morality tree that deals with moral principals. Moral principals govern a person's personality or the conducting of an activity.

From what I've witnessed since the day Trump was sworn into office (immediately announcing he was running for re-election), was a steady erosion of norms, ethics, and morality that have taken this country to the brink of a race war.

Trump's mud and shit-throwing political style is being emulated by his minions in congress and the senate. Democrats are also showing signs of adopting Trump's combative style of politicking.

Note presidential candidate, and former VP, Biden's warlike words when he said he wasn't going to be nice anymore during the Democratic debates.

It was that suggestion, that only demeaning and attacking your competition will win an election, that concerns me.

Is that what the majority of Americans want? Did Trump turn the tide in our society where there is no longer any reason to be reasonable? Where truth has become debatable? 

Do voters just want to see a show? I don't know. A reality TV show clown was elected in 2016. What does that mean for 2020?

What do you think? Are ethics and morality outdated in our society today? 

They were once more than just words. They once proudly declared a high ground and were called... The American Way.

Time for me to walk on down the road...

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