Finding Direction: The Model of Moral Growth and Moral Decay 2.0.6
Detours can take us far off the road of moral Growth. Families and schools too often take away the difficulties of personal responsibility, courage, and effort while substituting the easy way of blaming, cowardice, and laziness. Commercial culture based on greed, fear, and envy leads us into gullies where flashfloods of advertising carry us away. Political policies based on anxiety, power, and self-righteousness undermine everything we wish to stand for in the wider world. We are bound up by conformity and uniformity, rather than being aware of the many possibilities of freedom and individuality that are available to us. Even for the poorest among us, as long as there is consciousness there are choices, if only as a single individual in a single moment.
Are we trapped? If we were to choose ethical Growth, how would we deal with our own minds and hearts – with desires and fears? With both neighbors and strangers? With the natural world? What policies would we support concerning education, justice, or foreign aid? War and peace? We should take time to examine the possible choices and their consequences, our responsibilities, and the meaning of freedom.
Without Words We Cannot Think
“To live is so startling it leaves little time for anything else.” Emily Dickinson (1830-1886)
“Life must be lived and curiosity kept alive. One must never, for whatever reason, turn his back on life.” Eleanor Roosevelt (1884-1962)