The headlines today read exactly like what my educators cautioned the world could look like one day. That was twenty short years ago. Western civilization’s descent down the Slippery Slope did not seem possible as we debated issues like abortion, assisted suicide, and eugenics. The headlines below seemed a nightmare scenario as we, closeted in eighth grade health class, argued that abortion was clearly an accepted course of action in ending a pregnancy if the woman was raped. That’s the thing about moral relativism; once you start compromising, where does it end? Looking at the headlines below I say we are now closer morally to the rapist in those long ago classroom debates, than we are to the victims. That is my opinion, and I am sure there are many that would bash me, crying “logical fallacy” and “ad hominem”, but really, is it? I was there at the beginning when Roe vs Wade (though passed) was still debated furiously. I was born in that small window, the aftermath of radical feminist upheaval that questioned whether or not we went too far, too fast. It was the excessive eighties when women were celebrating their hard won right to sexual freedom, abortion on demand, and freedom to compete with their husbands. I grew up hearing about “women’s lib”, but not really understanding the true scope of it, and just why women were so upset. I saw they were angry. I heard their cries and the ideology managed to creep its way into every magazine article and movie I saw in that time. In some ways I cheered the fact that women were being told they could literally reach for the stars, but at the same time I experienced first hand what growing up with two working parents felt like, and it was not that ideal. My upbringing was Christian, traditional, unwavering in issues pertaining to human rights, sanctity of life and marriage. It under-girded all I grew up to value. I was smart for my age. I knew I lived in a time of change and upheaval and I paid attention. I was able to see societies evolution through revolution with curiosity and questioning. I saw the excessive eighties give way to the nineties where social change and activism seemed to dominate society. It was an age of rights. Gay rights, human rights, right of religion; everyone clamouring for a say, a benefit. I saw men, unsure of where they belonged in society, choosing to be stay-at-home fathers, embracing their emotions, and stepping back from providing for their families. Society might have seen it as progress, but, standing in between two worlds I saw it as emasculation. I wondered even then how men would get along denying they are male?I saw a boom in single mothers, indeed, it was the age of single mothers. Television shows, rap songs, poetry, and a government that had to change policy to accommodate the growing amount of single parent households.I saw people rejecting religion in increasing numbers, convinced it was the root of all societal ill. R.E.M.’s song “Losing My Religion” was an anthem for a lot of disaffected Generation X kids that grew up in the eighties and were just sick of it all. All of the fighting, the war, the poverty, the lack of understanding. It was a conscious and unconscious decision to distance themselves from the Me Generation previous. Along comes Generation Y, the don’t know, don’t care crowd. What can you say to a generation that doesn’t even know WHY there was an abortion debate at all? How can you teach social responsibility to a generation that is being programmed to throw away an expensive iPhone every year or so? How can you instil hope in a generation that is constantly being told they have it too easy, yet they suffer more stress than their parents? The reality is they are going to acquire the most debt, need the most education, and suffer more setbacks and uncertainty than previous generations. How can you instil moral responsibility in a generation that has been desensitized by internet videos of beheadings, constant newsfeeds about school shootings, and family murder/suicides, but have to moral standpoint to teach these things from? I understand and agree people should be free to choose what they believe in. I understand that people have different values and ideas of morality. What I cannot understand is why we are being told that the world is moving toward a unified, utopian existence where freedom and justice prevail, but the evidence speaks to the contrary? Society is degenerating. It’s clear to me. I think that acknowledging we have turned from foundational Judeo-Christian values has a lot to do with it. You don’t have to be a Christian to know that its principles were the foundation of Western Civilization. In this new, Godless society whose moral foundations are we going to build on? What will be the values that will build society? Anyway, look at the headlines below and tell me where you think society is going? Remember, I am not some out of touch old lady in a rocking chair. I am not even forty yet. Judge Rules Mother of Six Who Has Learning Disabilities Can be Forcibly Sterilized Supreme Court strikes down assisted suicide ban Rutgers Law Prof Who Says Pedophilia Is Not A Crime The men and boys of Raqqa watched the Jordanian pilot burned Alive Doonsbury Calls Abortion Law Rape Going to Pot: Legalizing Marijuana is Another Step Towards the Erosion of Society Scientists Brace for Media Storm Around Controversial Flu Studies Hybrot: Hybrids of Living Neurons and Robots, more on this here.