Acceptance or Brainwashing?
Not being a political or psychological scholar, I am not certain of the correct word to use that would equate to plain old brainwashing. But isn’t that what it is all about? What other word would describe the fact that we as Americans have come to accept the unacceptable. When did it become commonplace for us to continue to listen to the opinions of known criminals? For example, shouldn’t people have turned away from the Nixon’s or the Clinton’s of the political world? Shouldn’t we have been absolutely appalled by their behavior? In any other arena- would a person who committed those acts retain any level of respect? And in some cases be left to walk in freedom without any consequence.
Far worse, in that acceptance, we have taught our children that American Values mean absolutely nothing in today’s world. You can simply “forgive” the unjust or look the other way, but don’t expect them to be held responsible. When did society become so lazy that we do not hold those in levels of Government to higher scrutiny? After all they actually hold our future in their hands!
Somehow, in what I see as a long term breakdown, a de-moralization and a de-stabilization of basic values and principles have occurred right under our noses. As we scrambled to make our way in this hectic world, they managed to breakdown the very “glue” of our existence in a free nation. Not in the name of “the greater good” but under the guise of it.
Unfortunately being aware of this “change” is not enough to undo the consequences. Take for example the following statement…
"Richard M. Nixon has acted in a manner contrary to his trust as president and subversive of constitutional government, to the great prejudice of the cause of law and justice, and to the manifest injury of the people of the United States."
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In this statement, there is truth, but in causing injury to the people- what dire consequences did he face? What did he loose beside a seat in a house? If an ordinary citizen performed these acts- I ask you where would he be now? In prison serving a sentence for crimes committed- would be the correct answer. The moral demise comes when we accept the idea that infidelity and adultery are all inclusive characters in all men. After all if a first lady can “forgive” these actions in front of the audience of “We the People”, if society looks the other way-why then can’t all the wife’s of cheating husbands. Then it becomes an acceptable behavior. Why have we come accept or allow this behavior of those who should wear a code of higher honor?
Because we have been brainwashed! Brainwashed into believing that these Political criminals are above the law! And that immoral behavior has no consequence. We have become de-moralized.
You can easily see the consequences of this in the daily news. Where it has become commonplace to hear of children committing horrendous crimes against other children and to watch the parents of these children act so shocked that their child (they actually barely know) has done such a thing.
Who is doing the parenting?
So, the question is not so much how do we deal with the political criminals? But how do we deal with our own conscience? To be aware of these actions and not act -is as criminal as the acts themselves.
How do you get a society so entrenched into the “Me” of the world, to turn the focus on the “We” of this world? We must go back to simple ethics, morals, and values. It is up to us to teach responsibility.
How then do we turn around a generation who believes that black is white and wrong is right?
The answers lie inside your own home. An entire society cannot be changed, unless it is changed one person at a time. It should not surprise you- but YOU- as parents, grandparents or mentors are the first line of defense. Many will ask “What can I do”? The only thing you can do is to be a living example.
It must begin with taking back the children.
As a young mother I found the following “poem” to be the best example of what I as a parent could teach my child. To this day, some 35 yrs. later, I am proud to say my daughter has kept the copy of this poem that I had made for her and it hangs framed on the wall of my grandsons’ room. I may not always agree with the parenting differences or the choices, but I am confident that these words and actions can and do instill a certain level of moral character that cannot be undone by the outrageous seemingly acceptable acts seen in our everyday life. I will share that poem with you here, in hopes that you will share the wisdom in these words with those so badly in need of our guidance.
Children Learn What They Live
By Dorothy Law Nolte, Ph.D.
If children live with criticism, they learn to condemn.
If children live with hostility, they learn to fight.
If children live with fear, they learn to be apprehensive.
If children live with pity, they learn to feel sorry for themselves.
If children live with ridicule, they learn to feel shy.
If children live with jealousy, they learn to feel envy.
If children live with shame, they learn to feel guilty.
If children live with encouragement, they learn confidence.
If children live with tolerance, they learn patience.
If children live with praise, they learn appreciation.
If children live with acceptance, they learn to love.
If children live with approval, they learn to like themselves.
If children live with recognition, they learn it is good to have a goal.
If children live with sharing, they learn generosity.
If children live with honesty, they learn truthfulness.
If children live with fairness, they learn justice.
If children live with kindness and consideration, they learn respect.
If children live with security, they learn to have faith in themselves and in those about them.
If children live with friendliness, they learn the world is a nice place in which to live.
Copyright © 1972 by Dorothy Law Nolte
One person, one child at a time is how we take back America. We must once again instill the basic moral fiber of America in the minds of our youth. We must teach them the difference between being brainwashed into a state of acceptance and truly knowing what is morally acceptable.
(just my opinion)