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When I was a kid, I was always told that I should say please and thank you. I was told that I should be nice to people, and to be respectful of the people around me. When I was younger, politeness was something to be revered and upheld. Maturity was something to be achieved and maintained. There was a time and place for everything, and one should never air their dirty laundry. Outward selfishness was a negative concept. When I was growing up, you could walk down the street and ask someone for directions without that someone getting hostile. Most evrything was defined and outlined by some sort of sense of morality. The fundamental qualities of being human were ingrained into my own rearing from the beginning.
At what point does morality become null and void in modern society? As I grow older, the less people seem to pay attention to this thing called morality. On the televsion, everyone talks about morality and moral issues as if there is no other way to be, but reality escapes these tenets and popular, non-reality programming highlights just the opposite. Nobody wants to be Batman anymore; they all want to be the Joker. Sure, most people have varying views on morality, and I'm not really talking about that side to morality. I'm referring to the fundamental things that make us human and separate us from the animals. Is our primative natures too strong for our culture to be held back ? Is our socio-cultural Id too strong for our Egos and Superegos to fight back?
To clarify further, I'm talking about simple things -- the fundamental bases of morality that span cultures, societies, time, and space. There's a proper way to address people and there's an improper way to behave. These creeds seem to exist as bullshit that parents tell their children until they are old enough to find out that their parents are full of shit, propganda fueled by popular media, and fairy tales of an age uncertain to have existed. Now, I wouldn't particularly like everything to be outlined in Barney purple with butterflies, and cakes and creams. (In fact, I'd probably puke if that happened.) I like my yin to have its yang. But for pete's sake, when did "It's my job" become an excuse for acting like an idiot? When did it become ok to demean, demoralize, and mentally terrorize people for no reason? When did it become ok for businesses to adopt their own defintions for existing ideas to escape liability for thier actions?
I realize that this sounds like one of those famous "fall of the roman empire" philosophical arguments and discussions, but I can't help to see some historical similarity between The Roman Empire and the U.S. Hopefully, if this country falls, I'll have already checked into the maggot motel.
Now, on with the picture and quote as is customary for this blog and its posts:
[Hell is] "Within the bowels of these elements,
Where we are tortured and remain forever,
Hell hath no limits, nor is circumscribed,
In one self place; for where we are is hell,
And where hell is, there must we ever be.
And to conclude, when all the world dissolves,
And every creature shall be purified,
All places shall be hell that is not heaven."