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Americas Morals Essay

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My grand -grand grandmother, told a story about her life to my grandmother, and she told it to me when I was a teenage girl. My gran-grand grandmother, her name were Sophia was married to a very rich guy. I think he was a horse seller. Her marriage was arranged, like all the marriages at that time. When Sophia get married, her husband told her, that he is living the house very often for sales purposes, and he wanted his wife always to be ready for his arrival, no matter what time he would come, yearly in a morning or in a middle of the night. She had to open a door for him, kiss him and feed him. He also told Sophia, that if she would do so he would give her all the gifts, and all his love, ...view middle of the document...

People are growing up, some morals became more complex and strict. Don’t do this, don’t do that. Everything is shaped by society and the location in which people were raised. But now, it is more obvious that social media, television, radio, music, even the peers all substituted the old sources, such as family, and become a new teachers of morals.
Not a long time ago marriage and family was something crucial and fundamental. People use to say the same words before as they say it now, at the altar, from now until death do us part. But something happened in people’s heads and hearts, those words mean nothing anymore. Divorce is now part of everyday American life. Divorce rates in the US are higher in the last 30 years than they have ever been. It is embedded in our laws and institutions, our manners and mores, our movies and television shows, our novels and children’s storybooks, and our closest and most important relationships. (B. Whitehead, 224). Divorce has progressively become a common procedure worldwide. It is all over mass media, TV (reality shows) and internet. Stars of showbiz, changing their life partners like gloves. It is a very common practice to sign a prenuptial agreement, I’m not trying to argue, that it’s a bad thing, I just simply stating, that people are completely comfortable to talk about the end of their relationship and marriage, in a beginning of it. Marriages don’t seem to be “forever” like they used to be, but a temporary thing to do when the mood strikes people. This ethical shift had a profound impact on ideas about the nature and purpose of the family. (B. Whitehead, 225). Not a long time ago family has been the realm defined by voluntary commitment, duty, and self-sacrifice. At this time, our morals teach as to be self-centered egocentrics, who thinks only about self-wellbeing. I will agree with Dennis E. Powell, who states in his article about marriage “it carries about the same moral weight as a contract for a cellular phone service.”
Through society, government, and laws we are “taught” right from wrong, good from evil. These are morals that are given to us. However what is taught to us here, what is considered right and wrong...

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