d1reese asked:

Do you think as humans that through out time and history our morals have been degrading and becoming more some what uncivilized as we progress through time. We are becoming more advanced technology wised but when it comes to humanity it's like we are taking two steps backwards??

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redbloodedamerica:

thejacksonjeffersoncollaboration:

redbloodedamerica:

I remember reading this Townhall article a while back and it made me think of exactly what you’re talking about.  I think morality has taken a backseat to pleasure and comfort primarily in American, primarily in urban areas.  The farther you move into more rural parts of the country, you can still see a culture of tradition and values unlike that of the big cities.  However, even that is dwindling today.

I still like small towns in America where you don’t have the corruption of bad people and bad ideas plaguing the good people.  Schools are where this happens for the most part.  It only takes a few rotten apples with rotten negligent parents to ruin an entire community of children.  Some parents decline to properly rear their child and instead let today’s crappy television do the parenting.  In turn, they are raised on the values they get from the terrible programming.  This goes for the poor, moderate and wealthy families too.  Everyone is at fault.

Yes, we are more advanced which is great but this advancement has also had two major drawbacks.  One, that it allows these bad children to communicate more readily with other children more, broadly, easily and often; and two, it has distracted people today from their normal routines, social lives, and environment.  Anyone that drives in traffic on their commute can already tell you how distracted people are on their cellphones.  It’s causing more and more problems.  Production at office with the internet go down as more and more workers get distracted.  In many ways, social media has taken away from normal social interaction.

I do believe we are becoming more uncivilized and times are tough.  When a society start shifting from cultural norms into depravity and lawlessness, more people tend to think they should do the same and others lose hope altogether.  The only thing that can turn the ship around is a vibrant economy, less government dependency, and a stronger emphasis on traditional family values.  When the economy is good and inflation is low, parents are able to take on different key roles in taking care and raising their children while still maintaining a good, healthy lifestyle.  There is nothing wrong with traditional cultural values.  I think we could learn a lot from the nuclear family model of the 50’s.

what sort of statistics should I look at that show that Americans are less civilized and immoral?

Statistics?  I’m not a big fan of sociology.  I’m more interested in culture and I don’t think there’s much other than what that article above has to offer in the form of numbers that reflect society.  There are probably other articles out there that site similar information.

I mean. What does sociology have to do with it? If America is less civilized and immoral, wouldn’t we expect crimes to be going up? There would be more rapes, more homicides, less charity, and more burglaries? The recession, certainly, should’ve brought out the worst in America and in humanity? 

Or do you mean something else when you mean less civilized?

"Some politicians and pundits have blamed so-called school failure, and America’s social ills in general, on the decline of the American family. This argument, too, has been exaggerated or distorted. There is an illusion that the family of the vague past was a model of virtue that we have drifted away from and that today’s social and education problems and crises are due to the poor condition of the modern family. If this society can only find its way back to the structure and function of the ideal American family, critics argue, then all difficulties will be solved. If we fail, then America is doomed, Thus, a simple return to "family values," whatever they may be, is the sure and simple answer to all problems. But many studies have directly challenged both the purported domestic crisis and the myth of the ideal American family of the past. As researcher Stephanie Coontz states, "our recurring search for a traditional family model denies the diversity of family life, both past and present, and leads to false generalizations about the past as well as wildly exaggerated claims about the present and future."

The typical image of the 1950s invokes affluence, families, security, confidence, and a placid time when everyone seem to be content. It was supposedly the era of white, middle-class America: the ideal, comfortable family living blissfully in the clean suburbs, owning one or two cars, barbecuing in the neat, well manicured backyard, and parenting well behaved and respectful children. In reality it was a complex and enigmatic decade, a period of tremendous economic and social change: “from production to consumption, from saving to spending, from city to suburb, from blue-collar to white-collar employment, and from an adult to a youth culture.” And by the late 1950s and early 1960s, the supposedly safe, secure, and tranquil domestic life of middle-class America began to show signs of stress. Homophobia abounded; parents fretted over the declining authority they seemed to wield over their teenagers; society fixated on juvenile delinquency; communist appeared to be everywhere; and everyone feared and atomic holocaust. American society, according to sociologist Wini Breines appeared to be committed to containing not only foreign aggression but domestic change, constricting woman’s roles, segregating African-Americans, and suppressing youthful independence; conformity proved to be the rule of the day.” The American People and Their Education -Richard J. Altenbaugh. 2003. 

d1reese asked:

Do you think as humans that through out time and history our morals have been degrading and becoming more some what uncivilized as we progress through time. We are becoming more advanced technology wised but when it comes to humanity it's like we are taking two steps backwards??

A Trip Into My Thoughts Answer:

thejacksonjeffersoncollaboration:

redbloodedamerica:

thejacksonjeffersoncollaboration:

redbloodedamerica:

I remember reading this Townhall article a while back and it made me think of exactly what you’re talking about.  I think morality has taken a backseat to pleasure and comfort primarily in American, primarily in urban areas.  The farther you move into more rural parts of the country, you can still see a culture of tradition and values unlike that of the big cities.  However, even that is dwindling today.

I still like small towns in America where you don’t have the corruption of bad people and bad ideas plaguing the good people.  Schools are where this happens for the most part.  It only takes a few rotten apples with rotten negligent parents to ruin an entire community of children.  Some parents decline to properly rear their child and instead let today’s crappy television do the parenting.  In turn, they are raised on the values they get from the terrible programming.  This goes for the poor, moderate and wealthy families too.  Everyone is at fault.

Yes, we are more advanced which is great but this advancement has also had two major drawbacks.  One, that it allows these bad children to communicate more readily with other children more, broadly, easily and often; and two, it has distracted people today from their normal routines, social lives, and environment.  Anyone that drives in traffic on their commute can already tell you how distracted people are on their cellphones.  It’s causing more and more problems.  Production at office with the internet go down as more and more workers get distracted.  In many ways, social media has taken away from normal social interaction.

I do believe we are becoming more uncivilized and times are tough.  When a society start shifting from cultural norms into depravity and lawlessness, more people tend to think they should do the same and others lose hope altogether.  The only thing that can turn the ship around is a vibrant economy, less government dependency, and a stronger emphasis on traditional family values.  When the economy is good and inflation is low, parents are able to take on different key roles in taking care and raising their children while still maintaining a good, healthy lifestyle.  There is nothing wrong with traditional cultural values.  I think we could learn a lot from the nuclear family model of the 50’s.

what sort of statistics should I look at that show that Americans are less civilized and immoral?

Statistics?  I’m not a big fan of sociology.  I’m more interested in culture and I don’t think there’s much other than what that article above has to offer in the form of numbers that reflect society.  There are probably other articles out there that site similar information.

I mean. What does sociology have to do with it? If America is less civilized and immoral, wouldn’t we expect crimes to be going up? There would be more rapes, more homicides, less charity, and more burglaries? The recession, certainly, should’ve brought out the worst in America and in humanity? 

Or do you mean something else when you mean less civilized?

"Some politicians and pundits have blamed so-called school failure, and America’s social ills in general, on the decline of the American family. This argument, too, has been exaggerated or distorted. There is an illusion that the family of the vague past was a model of virtue that we have drifted away from and that today’s social and education problems and crises are due to the poor condition of the modern family. If this society can only find its way back to the structure and function of the ideal American family, critics argue, then all difficulties will be solved. If we fail, then America is doomed, Thus, a simple return to "family values," whatever they may be, is the sure and simple answer to all problems. But many studies have directly challenged both the purported domestic crisis and the myth of the ideal American family of the past. As researcher Stephanie Coontz states, "our recurring search for a traditional family model denies the diversity of family life, both past and present, and leads to false generalizations about the past as well as wildly exaggerated claims about the present and future."

The typical image of the 1950s invokes affluence, families, security, confidence, and a placid time when everyone seem to be content. It was supposedly the error of white, middle-class America: the ideal, comfortable family living blissfully in the clean suburbs, owning one or two cars, barbecuing in the neat, well manicured backyard, and parenting well behaved and respectful children. In reality it was a complex and enigmatic decade, a period of tremendous economic and social change: “from production to consumption, from saving to spending, from city to suburb, from blue-collar to white-collar employment, and from an adult to a youth culture.” And by the late 1950s and early 1960s, the supposedly safe, secure, and tranquil domestic life of middle-class America began to show signs of stress. Homophobia abounded; parents fretted over the declining authority they seemed to wield over their teenagers; society fixated on juvenile delinquency; communist appeared to be everywhere; and everyone feared and atomic holocaust. American society, according to sociologist Wini Breines appeared to be committed to containing not only foreign aggression but domestic change, constricting woman’s roles, segregating African-Americans, and suppressing youthful independence; conformity proved to be the rule of the day.” The American People and Their Education -Richard J. Altenbaugh. 2003. 

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