Once upon a time, in America, life was lived in a moral way. There were rules that we lived by and consequences when we did not follow those rules and the laws that backed them.
To be sure, there were violators in our midst, but we knew who they were. Neighbors shunned them, churches excommunicated them, and law enforcement took them off the streets.
For those of us who have been around for a few decades, much that we see going on around us is wrong when measured against the accepted standards of our youth.
Today, we see major violations of existing laws. Often these are committed by high-profile individuals in government or other positions of power. Many/most never appear in a court of law and few of those that do are fined or imprisoned.
Much less attention is given to the activities that the public participates in. For example, we see a drug user (a young family member or friend) die from a drug over-dose. We fail to focus our attention on the users and choose to blame the drug cartels and our pharmaceutical manufacturers. We settle for saying, “someone should do something.”
I could list a few more but some readers (particularly those who participate in any of these activities) would disagree with their inclusion. You are invited to provide your own examples.
It is not my intention to judge others. However, I will admit to being deeply concerned about the direction our society is headed in. I will soon reach eighty years; too old to have influence. However, I can still hold up a mirror for those who care to reflect and may wish to turn in a different direction.