MISSOURI, February 18, 2014 — Seniors are old-fashioned about some things – dress, behavior, patriotism – but seniors are proud and they should not be ashamed of what they considered in their day to be almost sacred. Like their love of phrases such as “one nation under God” found in the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag.”
In years gone by, these were never questioned, and it was a privilege and honor to serve our country as so many of our young people are doing today. Some in our society–a small truly vocal minority-challenge the very fundamental beliefs behind such words, but one must believe that these objectives will not be achieved.
The older generation did not denigrate our English language. Listen to the language you hear spoken by other while taking a walk in the mall or while at work. Civilized and refined speech is almost absent from much of the media, including movies, magazines, and tabloid newspapers, not to mention today’s music. We are not “dumbing down” our language, we are reflecting through our language the dumbing down of humankind.
This is cause for concern, and one would hope that this is an area of public life that will be changed soon.
There is also a change in many of our common phrases from the past. Take, for example, words and phrases like “time sharing.” This term used to mean time with the family spent together in the evenings and on the weekends, not purchasing a condominium. “Coke” was a cold carbonated drink instead of an addictive drug causing. Gay meant happy. And it was not necessarily a right.
These are but of a few words of the past that have entirely meanings, which reflect to some degree our current culture.
One thing the older generation cannot be blamed for is kicking God out of school. They had prayer in the football locker room before the game or other activities. Public display of Christmas scenes was accepted without question. The displaying of the Ten Commandants in public places was also accepted. Religious language in television and the movies did not cause liberal media outrage.
Today, one is led to believe that our religious freedoms are being eroded as we see things of the past being attacked. Today we see Christians being killed and churches being burnt to the ground.
To many Seniors, much of the current culture of vulgar language, inappropriate lyrics in songs, disgusting dress, and politicians with complete lack of civility, are horrifying.
So what can one do but simply lead by example in our daily lives and be an influence on the little children and the maturing young people whenever the opportunity presents itself. Remember our country has gone through many challenge’s wars, depressions, civil disobedience, crime and much more, and we have always arose to the occasion and succeeded.
God has indeed blessed America. And will continue to do so.
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