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America's Crisis of Character

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The root cause of crime is irresponsibility.  Every society has some irresponsible people, but some societies have a lot more than others.  The cause of widespread increase in irresponsibility is culture rot.

Peggy Noonan has this article in the WSJ with the above title.

I've long thought that public dissatisfaction is about more than the economy, that it's also about our culture, or rather the flat, brute, highly sexualized thing we call our culture.

Now I'd go a step beyond that. I think more and more people are worried about the American character--who we are and what kind of adults we are raising.

Every story that has broken through the past few weeks has been about who we are as a people. And they are all disturbing.
Why is our culture spiraling downward?  Any attempt to identify one factor as the sole cause would be simplistic and naive.  A big part of the problem, in my view, is that too few people of sense choose the occupations that have the greatest influence in shaping the next generation.  Teachers who believe in standards of behavior, striving for excellence, and rejecting weak excuses find themselves an embattled minority.  The spectrum of viewpoints among journalists is substantially skewed from that of the general population.  The same is true in the entertainment industry.

If young people grow up in an environment where the values that constitute character are regularly sneered at, a downward spiraling culture is the natural result.

So, young people of sense, consider teaching, journalism, and other future-shaping professions as your career.  The culture you save may be your own.

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