What is in our future?

By Jan Dolcater | Apr 05, 2018

I do not know how you feel, but I am deeply troubled about where we are and where we are going. Think about the various and mixed types of turmoil and unrest that we are experiencing today. This is not to imply that the world is always a place of evenness and stability.

However, in the past several weeks we have had the Parkland, Fla., school massacre, the package-bombings in Texas, and the tragic, questionable bridge collapse in Miami. Now another school shooting in Maryland and a few days ago the younger brother of the murderer in the Parkland shootings was arrested at that location.

The out-of-control opioid crisis is wasting many thousands of lives across most of our states and across all levels of our society. This scourge is destroying our moral fiber and our character. I ask, how does this stop? What, in your opinion, can help change the mindset to alleviate this horrendous meld of problems?

Another significant factor in the swirling mix of happenings is social media. It definitely has benefits, but also a multitude of downsides that further increase the decline of the fabric of our society. The transmitting of nude "selfies," sexting and other such garbage does not add to our level of decency.

Then we have a constant wrangle across the country from political parties on both sides of the aisle. They are at each other's throats, with the television pundits stoking the fires to a fever pitch. Another element that creates further problems is reckless and unnecessary spending by our current politicians, who are more concerned about their reelection than the welfare of our country. I wish these hacks would remember and put into practice the sound advice from Thomas Jefferson, who said, according to the Monticello website, "If we can but prevent the government from wasting the labours of the people, under the pretence of taking care of them, they must become happy." I personally have had enough of all this malarkey.

It is a fair question to ask when and where this decline began. In my opinion, the initial beginning was in the '50s, when prayer and all elements of the Christian religion were removed from our schools. Soon after that, the sexual revolution of the '60s burst upon the scene, and along came the “good times of the Haight-Ashbury drug culture,” which was emulated in many areas across the country. It is way past time for all segments of our nation to come to grips with where we are and where we are headed. If we continue to maintain this chaotic course, I fear for our future. Supposedly, we are in a dynamic period of history, but as it says in the Bible, no nation divided against itself can stand.

Growing up in the late '40s and the '50s, I did not experience the level of chaos and turmoil that exists today. I encourage all races, religions and political factions to make a concerted effort to take a hard look at ourselves. We need to move forward together, taking the course established by the genius of our forefathers, who built this “shining city on a hill,” and stopping the constant divisiveness that currently exists. Without faith, we will fail. Your thoughts?

Comments (1)
Posted by: Ronald Horvath | Apr 12, 2018 11:15

Actually, Jan, there were some notable people who predicted, quite accurately, where this society was going and where it would fail.  Here's one. (Clue: it's not all the "hippies'" fault.)


" I have a foreboding of an America in my children’s or grandchildren’s time — when the United States is a service and information economy; when nearly all the key manufacturing industries have slipped away to other countries; when awesome technological powers are in the hands of a very few, and no one representing the public interest can even grasp the issues; when the people have lost the ability to set their own agendas or knowledgeably question those in authority; when, clutching our crystals and nervously consulting our horoscopes, our critical faculties in decline, unable to distinguish between what feels good and what’s true, we slide, almost without noticing, back into superstition and darkness...  The dumbing down of American is most evident in the slow decay of substantive content in the enormously influential media, the 30 second sound bites (now down to 10 seconds or less), lowest common denominator programming, credulous presentations on pseudoscience and superstition, but especially a kind of celebration of ignorance”

Carl Sagan, The Demon-Haunted World: Science as a Candle in the Dark

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