The American Spectator Points a Finger


…and it’s not at gun owners.

American Spectator:

The liberal elite’s hoped-for “conversation” about guns would never proceed like one. They are not looking for a dialogue but an occasion to diatribe without ever having to answer for their own role in the demise of civil society.

The rise of school shootings is due not to the absence of laws but to the absence of a civilized culture that taught students to follow them. Few lobbies have contributed more to that crisis than the liberal elite’s cherished one, the teachers’ unions. They overflow with self-interested hacks whose pensions fattened as schools disintegrated. Before these educrats laid waste to them, public schools didn’t need” gun-free zones” and little armies to protect them. Teachers took the shaping of minds and souls seriously. But all that discipline and rigor vanished under the ridicule of a ruling class that now treats the debased condition of schools so solemnly. How, they gasp, did a student from an “alternative school” (it is still not clear what that means) invade the school’s “gun-free zone” and wipe out 17 people?

While I hate to accuse teachers — especially since I am one — I do worry that the western world has been led astray by those who put aside God in favor of something else.

[And no. I’m not suggesting a theocracy out of the fantasy series The Handmaid’s Tale. That’s a leftist version of what America would look like if Christians were in charge. Oddly, we only have our real life history to show us what a Judaeo-Christian worldview  means to America.] 

We are a less effective and less safe country since traditional values have been tossed aside.

I’m not going to glorify the past: There were things that needed to end: racism, sexism, discrimination and unfairness. We can’t be proud of the historical wrongs of slavery, Jim Crow and such. Gay people never needed to be in the closet. No one ever should have been in fear because the majority rejected their skin color, personal choices or ethnicity.

On the other hand, there are obvious things we have destroyed: the nuclear family, objective truth. Respect for the rule of law. Integrity of the press. Respect for patriotism.  Reverence for human life.

I was taught in school to “walk a mile in someone’s shoes” before judging. In church I was taught there is a standard of right and wrong, and an eventual judge. One of these views has been rejected outright by society.

Have we made ourselves ungovernable and dangerous?

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2 Responses to The American Spectator Points a Finger

  1. onwyrdsdream says:

    In Chinese, Japanese, and Korean fiction involving high schoolers or people who for some reason or another need to educate high schoolers (eventually) “Moral training” comes up. I don’t know the actual words or connotations the words have in any of the three languages, but the concept exists.. and, well, I was a high school student a decade or 3 ago and I don’t really remember anything that would reasonably map to that concept.

    The closest might be ELP- economic, legal, and political, but that was more or less a survey, and didn’t really touch on the morality of actions. If anything, it’s at the moral level of “fear of punishment” and unrelated to virtue. I have an interest in all 3, and I can pretty much say that comparatively, I learned nothing in the class, and it couldn’t be considered moral education at any rate.

    In this country we somewhat leave moral guidance to the church and to parents.. but well, parents are quite often terrible at it (though the converse can also be true) and the church… There is no one “the church.” I find the potential moral guidance of the church Obama sat in for years to be rather dubious at the least. Some are preaching what would, from the standpoint of civilization, be the opposite of moral behavior. If you say that morality comes from God, that’s fine, but it’s pretty much evident that even if that’s so, He doesn’t put it directly in our minds, and an authority we trust (rightly or wrongly) can easily lead us to be misguided. Aren’t any number of the people in the various nations who have run off over the last 10 or 15 years to join terrorists people who received guidance from a religious leader?

    The above isn’t meant to speak badly on churches in general, parents in general, or society in general. But as a great society, we have a set of moral values that are all our own, that we must to some extent live by in order to continue to exist. John Adams said, “Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.” You can’t really have a society like ours with liberty like ours with people who have no virtue. It is imperative that as people gain license as they advance from children toward adults, that they gain the honor/virtue/morality of adults as well. A person who doesn’t value himself, his place in society, or society in general can’t be trusted in society to run free.

    I don’t really know what moral guidance as education should look like. I don’t at all trust anyone who’d want to arrange that curriculum to actually do so, much less almost anyone who’d want to work for the department of education, but, never the less, it is still a good idea, if a reasonable curriculum could be established, for it to exist. Rather, it’s likely more important than sex education, and I’m not discounting it’s usefulness at all in so saying. (After all, I recall the people teaching it when I was in school being the sorts that sucked 90% of the appeal out of it, even given the listeners having the level of horniness that is often ascribed to teenagers.)

    Well, if it can be achieved, it probably should be. If it can’t, then no effort should be put into it. After all, false moral guidance is probably worse than nothing at all. At least humans who aren’t sociopaths can somehow managed to empathise with others. Though, that too is part of the reason for moral guidance. Sometimes we empathize with the wrong others.

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  2. JorgXMcKie says:

    I come from a religious family although I have no organized religion attachment of my own. They are fine but sometimes flawed people who mostly do their best to be ‘moral’ and usually succeed. I favor any religion that makes those following its guidance people I would consider good neighbors.

    I suspect starting by using the Golden Rule and its converse would be a good idea.

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