It doesn't take a PH.D to look around today and see that something is genuinely wrong with society. There have been a variety of "controversies" that have sparked debate across the country lately, but they are just the tip of the iceberg compared to all that is wrong with the human race in today's day and age. Moral ambiguity is at an all-time high, and this is presented to me with a quote from the man who most Christians consider the ultimate authority of good versus evil in the world: the Pope.
Last year, during his Christmas sermon, Pope Benedict XVI is quoted as saying this shocking statement:
"It was maintained - even within the realm of Catholic theology - that there is no such thing as evil in itself or good in itself. There is only a 'better than' and a 'worse than'. Nothing is good or bad in itself."
This statement was included in his sermon while at the same time preaching from God's alleged pulpit that pedophilia and child pornography was considered "normal" as far back as the 1970s. It certainly does say something about the standards of morality in our world today, doesn't it?
With an organization as far-reaching as the Catholic Church taking stands such as these, it's no wonder that morality is in a free-fall across the globe! Recently, riots have rocked Pennsylvania State University over allegations that one of the former coaches engaged in sexual acts and rape of young boys from as far back as the 70s. The riots had nothing to do with the fact that this man used his position of authority to brutalize children.
No, of course not. In today's modern society of sports worship, the student body of Penn State was more concerned in showing support for the current coach, who was told by several different people that his assistant was engaging in these practices and instead of reporting it to the police, DID NOTHING. They were more concerned over the prospect that their school might suspend college football than the fact that one of their "beloved" coaches raped preteen boys, apparently regularly, too.
And for those human beings who hold no values or moral standards today and would like to be whores on a slightly different level? We have Ashleymadison.com, a website any married person can join to find others to cheat on with! As the site's motto declares, "Life is short. Have an affair"! Indeed, who cares about the marital vows you spoke before God and witnesses, especially when you want to get your rocks off?
Over ELEVEN MILLION people are subscribed to the above site...which has been featured in media such as TIME magazine, BusinessWeek, Sports Illustrated, and Maxim, and on many television talk shows, including the Tyra Banks Show.
Is it really any wonder that child murder-- I mean, abortion rates have soared? Is it any wonder that murder, rape, and child abuse are commonplace today? Is it any wonder that nobody really cares that we're blowing up little children in the Middle East all for the sake of "democracy"?
There are no longer moral standards nor absolute truth. Everything in life, every single event for the average human being, is having what you want, is doing what you want RIGHT NOW without regard for the consequences or whether it's right.
Is it so hard to maintain moral standards when everything around us is supersaturating us with the idea that right and wrong are "relative"? Apparently this seems to be the case. Americans (and no doubt humans the world over) are led by the nose by social standards, the media, their religious organizations, and anything else that one can think of. Most people can't be bothered to think past their warped views of right and wrong. We live in a Pavlovian society: whatever gives me pleasure or reward is right, and whatever makes me unhappy is wrong. Everything is skewed toward ideals of perception, without morals.
Our country, and yes, our WORLD as well, needs to see a reformation, a return to standards of morality in every aspect of our lives. No one would likely disagree that our world is in a terrible place today, with crimes of all kind running rampant. The part that is truly striking is that most people only care about crimes of any kind when the crime itself effects them directly. Weren't abused or molested as a child? Oh well. Just care about the poor coach and your football season. Not happy in your marriage? Oh well. Don't try and work it out through counseling, or heaven forbid, God's-honest communication! Just screw around on them! Having a baby is inconvenient right now? It's alright, just murder your child through abortion!
Until the day comes when people return to a system of absolute truth, the morally upright people of this world will continue to cringe at the above statements and many more like them, while those that commit these crimes will continue on with them, happy that the media has taught them to justify their crimes and release the burden of guilt they should have. It's a sad and disgusting truth about this world, one that all right-minded people hope to see ended one day.
Sources:Survivors of sexual abuse appalled by Penn State unrest