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America's Moral Decline Essay

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America's Moral Decline

One of the most pressing problems facing America today is our moral crisis. This problem is one that is related to many other social dilemmas. It has a correlation to our rising crime rate, drug usage, and a trend towards sexual irresponsibility. It is imminent for Americans to find a cure for this moral disease lest we are bound for chaos. In order to solve this problem we must first, as with any problem, determine the causes. One of the causes is the overall tolerance of things that are immoral. Immorality can be defined as anything that deteriorates the decency, honorable or artistic merit, and overall purity of things. Today our society is one that accepts this trait. Tolerance of music and television that is morally questionable and an overall acceptance of a growing trend of sexual irresponsibility. That cause is the one that is possibly the most challenging one to remedy. The antidote includes a change of the current American attitude towards immorality. Another cause is the decline of the American family. The way to rid ourselves of this causing factor is to promote a more traditional family and encourage sexual responsibility. A third source of the destruction of America’s moral base is the media, It is becoming a crude exhibit of America’s worst ethics. The remedy for this component of the problem is to more strictly regulate and censor the media.

That attitude Americans used to embrace was one that promoted strong morals. Racy material was a rarity, but more importantly an attitude of acceptance of this material was even more scarce. Comedians on television did not rely on obscene language and movies did not rely on graphic sexual content for an audience. The media has become “the monster from which the decadence, violence, and rampant sexuality emerged”(Bouza 6). Now, however, these indecent entities are the very things that attracts audiences. No longer are we appalled by indecency but now we laugh at it. We have an attitude that it is not harmful. Some of the most prominent comedians of today rely almost solely on either graphic sexual language or just raw curse. In the past these comedians would have had to do better than that because we had a more intolerant view of such indecency. The material would have to be funny not just amusing from sheer shock. Movies were forced to promote plot and have artistic merit instead of relying on sex or violence to draw a crowd. The rich creativity of our entertainers that once drew a crowd has been replaced by smut.

The solution is to go back to the ways of old. Start looking at our entertainment with a more morally critical eye. Think of the sheer indecency that is portrayed and make your conscience change you. Think of the effects such obscenity would have on an impressionable child. Realize the damage it is doing. Demand more from the entertainment industry. We must change this attitude for it is the most haunting element of our...

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