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The Lists Every American Should Make
“I must remember to…” When someone says, “Count your blessings,” I take their advice literally, by making a written list. . . So it is not surprising that when I recently was asked to reflect on our present culture and the general state of American society. . . Why We Are in So Much Trouble.” And here is the list I composed:
The loss of values
Values are the building blocks and mortar that keep our entire civilization together. They are our priorities; in other words, they are those things that we put at the top of every list that we make, no matter what the subject. But we no longer seem to think that our values are worth defending. As I wrote several years ago in a book on higher education, “political correctness,” or “PC,” dominates the academy and the public square.
The loss of truth
PC advocates also tell us that truth really isn’t objective at all; it depends on our point of view. One person’s truth is supposed to be just as good (or, more to the point, just as unreliable) as another’s. What has been passed off as “truth” are merely the collective prejudices of the dominant ruling class and culture. We must be shown how to “deconstruct” what we think is true .
The loss of moral literacy
Honor and virtue are increasingly rare commodities. Cheating and lying have become acceptable, especially in school, because our children believe that, with few exceptions, “everybody’s doing it.” Sadly, they may be right. In a 1995 article for Reader’s Digest, Daniel R. Levine notes that Who’s Who Among American High School Students polled more than three thousand high school juniors and seniors who were at the top of their class. Seventy-eight percent admitted cheating and 89 percent admitted cheating was common at their schools.
The loss of trust
We live in what may be the most cynical age in history—and the most gullible. For a long time, I thought that I was the only person who noticed this amazing contradiction, but in the last several years I have encountered a few writers who have pointed to it. We Americans are skeptical about many of the things we should believe, while we blindly accept many of the things we should question. On the one hand, we distrust politicians, journalists, and television and filmmakers because we know that they often have lied to us and deceived us, but, on the other hand, we still look to them as primary sources of information and as interpreters of reality.
The loss of empathy
A related problem is the loss of empathy. . . Mohammed Jaberipour, 49, was working a route in south Philadelphia in a Mister Softee ice cream truck when a 16-year-old tried to extort money. Jaberipour refused, and the youth shot him. As the father of three lay dying, neighborhood teenagers laughed and mocked his agony in a rap song they composed on the spot: ‘They killed Mr. Softee.’
‘It wasn’t human,’ another ice cream truck driver, a friend of Jaberipour who came on the scene shortly after the shooting, told the Philadelphia Daily News. ‘People were laughing and asking me for ice cream. I was crying....They were acting as though a cat had died, not a human being.’”
Mrs. Cheney quotes the conclusion of newspaper columnist Bob Greene: “‘We have increasingly become a nation of citizens who watch anything and everything as if it is all a show.’” She adds, “But however it has come about, people who laugh at a dying man have no sense that a stranger can suffer as they do.”
The loss of independence and confidence
I don’t know the statistics, but I am willing to bet that there are now more laws and regulations on the books than there are people living in the United States. The state dictates how we should educate our children, earn our living, guard our health, take care of our communities, and even worship our God.
The loss of family
The good news is that the vital role of the traditional family is at long last the subject of national attention. The breakdown of the family, rather than poverty, or race, or any other factor once cited by the liberal establishment, is now widely recognized as the real root cause of rising rates of substance abuse, teen suicide, abortion, academic failure, welfare dependency, and violent crime.
The loss of faith
Although millions of us still attend church and profess to believe in a Creator, we hold ourselves aloof from God. He is not, as He should be, the most important, guiding force in our daily lives. In one way, this is more shocking than if we had become atheists. Atheists deny God and His authority. We accept Him, but we refuse to take Him seriously. At school, at work, at social gatherings, and in public, we are too afraid, reluctant, or embarrassed—to even mention His name.
Yet cheerfulness will keep breaking in.
What a wonderful and wise sentiment! We would all do well to remember it; in fact, it would make a great title for another list—a list of what is right in America. Despite our troubles, we have many reasons to expect a bright future. There are literally millions of us who, for the most part, do defend our values, who do tell the truth, who do live honorably and virtuously, who do live up to high moral standards, who do exhibit trust, independence, and empathy, who do build strong families, and who are courageous witnesses to faith.
For over two hundred years, we have found ways of overcoming adversity and succeeding against all odds. Though they may sometimes be threatened, our best qualities—optimism, resilience, moral imagination, ingenuity, charity, compassion, and spiritual strength—have a way of resurfacing when we need them most.
The Greatest Lists of All
The Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution
Provided a positive list of reasons for the creation of the United States. “We hold these truths to be selfevident,” Jefferson wrote:
that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness. That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government…
The Ten Commandments
I know it sounds awfully corny, but it is true: God likes to make lists, too. Look, for example, at the Ten Commandments recorded in the Book of Exodus. I believe that God gave us these commandments in the form of a single list so that there would be no question about what He wants us to do or how He wants us to live. Like an ideal list, it is short, simple, and to the point—we can easily memorize it, we can easily understand it, and we know exactly what we must do to fulfill its terms:
Thou shalt have no other Gods before me. Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image… Thou shalt not take the name of the Lord thy God in vain. Remember the Sabbath day and keep it holy… Honor thy father and mother… Thou shalt not kill. Thou shalt not commit adultery. Thou shalt not steal. Thou shalt not bear false witness… Thou shalt not covet
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Editor’s note: Jesus completed the list , His work also worked through other documents like the Magna Carta
From the Director
Former presidential candidate Mike Huckabee compared abortion to slavery during a speaking engagement at a recent pro-life event and received the curse of the N.A.A.C.P.. This is nothing new and one should tour our website to find “Amazing Experience” and also the director’s recent article in the Washington Times . One should also read the comments written by the present Director of Learn, Johnny Hunter (a Black Pro-Life Organization).
Dear Friends of The Child:
Greetings and salutations!
As the National Director of L.E.A.R.N., Inc., I wish to express great joy for those of us who love life to share our information with you. We do not want our people to perish because of ignorance. Ignorance and apathy has hindered the proper response to the main destroyer of our future and the child. The single biggest threat to the survival of children, especially children of color, is imposed death by induced abortion.
The African American community alone has lost over 12,000,000 people due to this most racist act. In the United States, over 36,000,000 human beings have been unjustly destroyed and the numbers are getting worse by the addition of over 4,000 more deaths each day.
As a person who values human life, I feel very troubled that the youngest of our race is not guaranteed the opportunity to have their day in the sun. I have joined other Christians and have paid a very light price of time in jails and prisons for trying to save a little one. The destruction continues.
I have spoken to churches in over half the states in the America and have taken the gospel of life to three foreign countries including South Africa. I have seen people weep as they are confronted with the horror of this holocaust. Still, the destruction continues. (Read entire article at Learn)
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Fr John Slavin OHI
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New Order Started Will Stress Pro-Life—Family Issues
Sister Mary Magdalene took her perpetual profession vows on Passion Sunday, March 29, 2009. Her vows and veiling took place at Holy Redeemer Anglican Church, Montross, Virginia, where the Rt. Rev. Larry Wilson Johnson presided, assisted by The Ven. Dr. W. Ralph Gardiner OHI, of the Northern Neck, who serves as Rector at Holy Redeemer and is a leading priest in the continuing Anglican movement.
Find Father Anthony’s Ward’s new Blog dealing with Pro-Family issues.
Father Antony Ward, BA, OHI, SSC.