Morality: Where Did it Go?

People often wonder why the world is in such a mess. I just comes down to the fact many people have their priorities all messed up. I was watching a documentary by John Stossel the other day and I couldn’t believe what I was hearing.

It was a documentary concerning all the subsidies people, groups, and companies in the United States receive from the government, both federal and state. It seems as though everyone is getting government aid except for me. He went on to explain how farmers, African-Americans, Indians, corporations ,etc. all receive aid for something. One of the most ridiculous examples showed an individual planting a tomato in his back yard and getting farm aid.
It doesn’t seem to matter one’s financial status, race, creed or national origin, every one is getting a hand out. this is costing the taxpayer trillions of dollars. The most ridiculous part is we are all tax payers, so we just wind up paying ourselves back money we have given the government. Of course we only get back a small portion as the government has to get their commission out if the bounty.

The biggest problem with all of this is the recipient see nothing wrong with getting  a hand out from the government for planting a tomato in his back yard. People have become so dependent on big brother supporting them , they now expect it and think they deserve it.  It is illegal to feed wild animals because soon the animal becomes dependent on the free food and when the food disappears, they animal no longer knows how to fend for himself and soon dies, people have become the same way, when
the government handouts end, many people won’t know how to survive. Many will become spiteful and get mad because some one isn’t providing them a free lunch, in fact that is already happening. It happens all the time, when people are given too much, they become resentful of the provider and will bite the hand that feeds them.

Mr. Stossel asked several of the recipients of free money if they felt guilty about taking the money, they all assumed it was their God given right. He even asked one if he thought it was wrong morally to take the money. His response was ,”What is morality?”

How does one grow up in this country, attend school and college for at least 16 years and not know what morality is?

This last statement tells us what is wrong with the country and world for that matter.When people expect someone else to continuously pay their way, even though they are capable of providing for themselves and their families and when people don’t know right from wrong and their whole life is driven by the almighty dollar something is wrong. There is nothing wrong with making money, there even is nothing wrong with making a lot of money, just as there is nothing wrong with helping the needy, but when that becomes one’s sole purpose in life with no regard for any one or anything else that is a problem.

Many people no longer have a solid spiritual base to build their life on Rain falls in every life,and we all fall off the wagon occasionally, but if there is a solid spiritual base, one survives a lot quicker and happier than when an individual has no spiritual foundation and thus flounders around turning to  to drugs and alcohol.

Although in the end each individual is responsible for his or her own actions what we are seeing is a direct result of spirituality and religion taking a back seat in our culture, not only in the United States, but the world as well.

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The author has been a writer/photographer for over thirty years. Specializing in nature and landscape photography, as well as studying native cultures.

His travels have taken him to most of the United States, as well as Australia, Belize, Egypt and the Canary Islands.

He has studied the Mayan culture of Central America as well as the aborigines of Australia. Photography has given him the opportunity to observe life in various parts of the world.

He has published several books about his adventures.

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