MISSOURI, June 7, 2014 — Today’s America has lost its moral compass. Actions that would have caused tremendous shame for an individual, and his family, in the 1930s and 1940s are accepted as common place now.
Shame. “A painful feeling of embarrassment or disgrace brought on by doing something wrong.”
Our society has no sense of doing wrong, so we have no shame. We have developed an acceptance of a “no shame” attitude towards living in general.
Many years ago, people avoided shame as if it were a dreaded disease. If they were reprimanded in school, it brought shame to the family. The head of the family doled out reprimands that equated to the level of shame that was brought onto the family.
Professional athletes and Hollywood actors regularly cheat on their spouses, drive drunk, take drugs and get arrested for domestic violence. It is commonplace and hardly worth a second look on the headlines. These are people who our children look up to and want to emulate.
Government officials cheat, lie, steal and generally embarrass themselves. But there is no shame for their actions.
In the 1930s and 1940s, these actions would have caused significant scandals. No one would get a pass just because they were politicians. They would have been thrown out of office for behaving inappropriately and no one would have given them excuses.
It is true that even then, there were high public officials and other celebrities who were less than honorable, but it was swept under the rug. If the public had known about their actions at the time, the reaction would have been much different.
We expected celebrities and officials to behave honorably. We expected our children and our parents to do the same.
Shame on those at the Veterans Administration who are alleged responsible for cooking the books in order to get their bonuses.
Shame on those at Department of Defense and the Veterans administration who have ignored the broken system for years.
Shame on politicians who lie to the public and expect forgiveness.
Shame on athletes and celebrities who take advantage of their prominence to act badly rather than to set a good example.
People who feel shame recognize they have done something wrong. They learn from that feeling and try not to repeat their mistakes.
All of us have done things in our life and were ashamed of, and we all will commit errors again. We are human. But learning from our mistakes is key to becoming better people.
It is good to feel shame, to recognize errors, and to learn.
Without shame, we are lost.
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