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Social Values, Social declinePosted Tuesday, October 16, 2007, at 6:09 AM
I believe I am far from being a prude (excessively modest or proper person) but our nation's social values have certainly changed since I was a child and I can not say it is for the better. I have often heard the historical parallel to Rome and their slide into social decay.
This all came to mind because of a song that was playing on a radio when I turned it on in the hotel last week. Over and over they kept the mantra of "suicidal, suicidal". I could not understand much of the rest of it, so I could be unfairly criticizing it but, does this sound like a healthy theme for a song sung over and over by our children?
Years ago we took a CD back that our daughter had purchased by Ricky Martin. The chorus kept repeating "she'll take away your pain like a bullet to your brain". Does that sound like suicide is a viable option for pain? Do you remember the emotional swings of your teenage years? Should we allow that to be pumped in to our children under the guise of free speech?
We try to hold on to morals regarding sex and the treatment of people as human beings as not just sex objects, yet our advertisements and TV programs are filled with it, and in PRIME TIME too! Have we become numb to it?
I watched a movie on HBO that was about the struggles in Africa surrounding "conflict diamonds" The violence was immense, but at least I believe they were trying to point out the tragedies and cruelty going on. When it came to intimate scenes, we could guess what transpired but they did not see a need to show it and I lost nothing of the story line. Maybe they edited it out, but I doubt that HBO was concerned with morality.
I hope a majority of our society feels similarly, but if so, why do we allow it to continue? Is it freedom of speech, too much else to worry about, feelings of hopelessness that one person can not change things, Hollywood too independent, powerful, WHY?
Honestly, I welcome dissent on this because I would like to be convinced that this is not hurting our society. Is there little wonder why many nations see us as a decadent nation?
Cable and the internet broadcast our social values all over the world. Is this really indicative of you? It is not of me and I resent being judged by Hollywood's values.
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