If you consider all of the various changes that have happened in society in the last 50 years or so you can see that the major shift in people’s behavior is that the concern for self has become more important than family, or children or a spouse. While those loves and concerns still exist, the emphasis in society is to free yourself and do what you want to do.
Contrast this with the Greatest Generation who gave their lives to fight tyranny and then gave the rest of their lives to raise families to live better than they did. That generation of parents saw their duty to their nation and their family to be superior to their own interests most all of the time. Only after their responsibilities to both were met did they consider themselves. This is not an absolute and there are levels of this dedication but in general, you had stronger family bonds in the families that arose following WWII.
The sixties were a decade of revolution if not via military conflict it was in societal values. The youth rejected their parents values as they rejected Vietnam and the traditional world of their parents. Free love, free expression, and the drug culture all contributed to fragmenting the family unit and weakening the bonds. Abortion on demand in the seventies with the final upheavals resulting from the end of the Vietnam war era and then the energy crisis all fueled this deterioration of the family and the bonds that were the most important a generation ago. As the millennia played out, no fault divorce, single parent families and people living without marrying all made the traditions of their parents all the more meaningless.
Today, we see the left championing every fringe belief, sexual orientation and any other marginal aspect of life today as being the new normal. The importance of SELF. All of this is the promotion of the individual over the family. While the family unit still exists, none of the adult members have the backgrounds that the parents of the 50’s and 60’s into the 70’s did. The bonds are not there in the same quality and strength that they once were. As a result the core of our society and America as a whole is dying.
With this lack of tradition we also have the reality that individuals tend to think that their feelings about things matter more than substantive facts and realities. Because someone is frightened by another’s words or actions, the left has concluded that the person causing this fear is wrong even if the fear is hyper-sensitivity or strictly mental in nature. That is not based on any real apparent threat. This ‘victimhood’ is the ultimate affect of the me generation that we see dominating the left’s political supporters. Their selfishness and lack of maturity in dealing with people and free speech is crippling our nation and marginalizing many people who feel strongly that this movement in emphasizing selfish concerns and worries is going to destroy our freedoms and our society.
As I watch the nonsense that emanates from the herd of democratic candidates for president along with the stupid lawsuits and issues arising from presumed discrimination (the cake baker case comes to mind) I cannot help but think that this preference of protecting feelings over reality is terribly wrong for government and is not what our government ought to be doing. Yet, it seems apparent that the democrats are running headlong into this morass of hurt feelings and fears looking to champion these soft skinned ‘Victim Class’ people over the rest of the nation who are trying to live for more than themselves.
If you were to have explained to me back in the 80’s the way our society is today I would have laughed at the nonsensical behaviors of these ‘Victims’. The heroes of the WWII generation did all those amazing and unbelievable acts of self sacrifice at home and abroad and they were the same age or younger and I doubt seriously you could hurt their feelings or at least they would never let you know you did. Those people; Americans by the multimillions; all stood up and faced death and tyranny; real threats against their lives and their way of life and did what was necessary to preserve the nation. They would not understand the behaviors of the kids and young adults of today.
So the ‘Me Too’ ‘Victim Class’ ‘Woke’ college students and recent graduates have managed (with a lot of liberal help) to make our national discussion a joke compared to the real issues that my parents and grandparents had to cope with.
Never has so little been done by so many in order to get so much out of our society.
This path we are on will not end well. You cannot make every member of a society a victim and keep the society whole. Someone has to stand up, pull on their adult pants and get to the business of keeping this society going and if they are accused of being ‘hurtful’ or ‘threatening’ and are banished nothing will get done.
I close by saying that people who want to make their lives work can find ways to do so and do not need to sponge off of parents and the government in order to find their way.
It is one thing in society to protect those who cannot protect themselves.
It is quite another to protect those in society who can protect themselves.
The priorities of self over responsibility is ruining this nation. Every time I hear about social justice, I want to throw up. When I hear Bernie talk about forgiving college debt, it angers me. These issues are pure politics masquerading as policy and are manipulating the people of this nation for purposes that have nothing to do with our success in the future and everything to do with changing everything that we have ever known.
This movement either will stop, or will be the undoing of all the sacrifices Americans have made during the life of this nation to preserve it.