Sunday, December 30, 2007

What a Wonderful Example

Okay... so, your 6 year old daughter wants to win tickets to a Hannah Montana show.... as her mother, what do you do? Well, if you're this mother, you tell her to lie through her teeth.

What a great example. This woman told her daughter to write an essay about how her father died in Iraq this year. And then the woman gave the contest people false information. When they were caught, the mother had to come clean. The child's father had not died in Iraq, in fact, no one with the information she gave has died in Iraq. Thankfully, the contest people decided that lying was not going to get this child what she wanted... a lesson her mother apparently missed somewhere along the way. Another child is getting the tickets.

We wonder what's wrong with our society. Why we have children and young adults who have no personal sense of right and wrong... no moral compass. It's a disgrace to be sure, but when these children have no adult over them... showing them the right way, then what do we expect? If adults are not willing to govern themselves, then how do we expect our children to? When we teach our children, by our actions and words, that the ends always justify the means... then what? When we teach them that anything goes and that there is no clear right and wrong... what do we expect to happen?

I think we loose our credibility. I know we loose our moral authority. And, in the end, when we've lost our moral compass... our ability to know and do what is right and honorable... then what do we have left? What is there left to honor and cherish? Precious little, I think.

But if you look around, there are very few around who will take any kind of moral stand.... and those who do are labeled as bigots... or worse. When did this happen? When did the idea of universal truth go by the wayside? When did we sell our souls? When did we decide that someone's feelings were more important than their moral code of conduct?... I thought what we do defines us.... not what we happen to be feeling at any given moment.

2 comments :

Mom said...

What we do when no one is looking always defines who we really are.
(well, sometimes, even when someone else is watching!)
How sad for that child. One can only imagine what she has already learned from that Mom.

Therese said...

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