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Fewer Morals More Crime
Fewer Morals, More Crime:
How the Decline in Morality Has Caused an Increase in Crime
In an age where violent crime is more dominant than ever and morality is not heard of, there arise many problems that result from each other. The past thirty years, our society has been determined to secularize itself and to separate from many moral standards that root from the Bible. Since moral values were removed from schools in the 1960’s, crime and immorality has steadily risen. It is evident that declining morals has a direct effect on the crime rate.
Morality has been eliminated from typical American life through many factors, thus eliminating the reason this nation first began. James Madison said, “We’ve staked our future on our ability to follow the Ten Commandments with.” Our founding fathers believed that you couldn’t even call yourself an “American” if you subvert the moral teachings of the Bible. In his farewell address, Washington said, “You can’t have National morality apart from religious principle.” It is obviously true because when the religious principle was rampantly taught, moral intelligence was higher, and the crime rate under control.
Since the moral teaching was thrown out of the classroom almost 40 years ago, there has been a 560% increase in violent crime. Births out of wedlock has risen more than 400%. Teen suicide has increased more than 200% (Cozic 109). Twenty percent of schoolchildren carry weapons to school (Colson). Our nation leads the industrialized nations in murder, rape and violent crime (Cozic 110). These shocking statistics can be explained and understood through history.
The decline in morality all began in the 1960’s with a severe cultural revolution which “exalted existentialism and a kind of ‘live for the moment, God is dead of irrelevant’ philosophy (Colson).” A poll was taken in 1962 that reported that at least 65 percent of Americans believed the Bible was true. The same poll was repeated in 1992, indicating that less than 32 percent of Americans believe in the Bible (Colson). Before the cultural revolution, truth was taught as the ultimate value. Now, tolerance is taught to replace the sometimes bitter truth. This “cultural revolution” has affected many areas in society that had an effect on the crime rate.
For morals to be effectively instilled in a human, it must begin in infancy. Therefore, the family structure is vital in moral development. Morality is learned through socialization and the examples people around them set in their own daily life. Children learn how to make moral judgements in difficult situations from their parents, even if their judgements seem to lack moral intelligence (McIsaac). Many families are not ideal, nor do they set a good example for the children growing up in them. Domestic violence, drug use, drug dealing, or fraudulent behavior observed by the maturing child does not go unnoticed. These decisions are taken “to heart” and remembered when the child is faced with a similar situation. On the other hand, children may push away their families, and the negative example set and turn to gangs. In a gang, they feel they have sufficient support and love. Unfortunately, violent crime and severe criminal behavior of all kinds accompany a gang environment. The lack of morals in a family structure obviously contribute to the high crime rate.
The current debate on the influence of television also plays a big part in this moral dilemma. The morally void programming has been proven to influence a child’s behavior and mimic their decisions. When television entertains through “casual cruelty, rampant promiscuity, and mindless soap operas,” children’s minds are filled with thoughts that they may have been previously taught to be wrong. The worst in television may be the talk-shows. The topics are clearly immoral, but are exalted. The people featured on the talk-shows, would have, at one time, felt embarrassed or shameful for their immoral behavior. Now, they are exposed, given much attention and considered valuable in their entertainment value, even if what they are doing is illegal and criminal (i.e., prostitution, drug-dealing, pedophilia) (Cozic 110).
The development of our society has produced organic solidarity, resulting in isolation, no support, no conscious and a desire for instant gratification. This clearly defies Aristotle’s view of the virtue of
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