All of my life, I’ve heard that moral values are headed south.Â Â Not only have they been declining, it has been said, they are on the cusp of total decadence.
It reminds me of driving to Central AmericaÂ with my wifeÂ years ago.Â We were on the backroads.Â We would ask people about the conditions and safety ahead.Â The answer was always the same, “RightÂ here, things are OK.Â Â But, furtherÂ on it is very dangerous.”Â We’d go further on, get the same answer.
There is a set of people who like to say moral standards are falling.Â Yet, there is no stardard measurement of “moral standards”.Â No one can say they actually are getting worse or better.
For myself, I’d have to conclude many things I call morals have improved.Â Integration, equality for women are a couple of improvements.Â Steps to avoid environmental degregation is another.
We can predict with certainty that when peopleÂ now 15 to 25 years old, whoÂ are abondoning many of theÂ traditions about marriage and church,Â are 5o to 60 years old,Â they will be complaining about the morals ofÂ teenagers at that time.Â It’s always been that way.
An interesting poll I read about said a majority of the general public does not believe morals are declining.Â While I agree with this, I thought I was in the minority.
So, if you are among those wringing your hands about your perception moral standards are falling, relax.Â Â Â So far as we know, they are not.