The View Of Humanity And Morality; As Seen Through Modern Literature

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Modern literature is a reflection of modern society, and the ways in which humanity is valued has greatly impacted the modern age. The view of humanity is the effect of a worldview. One of the most important places in which to observe the view of humanity is in the United States. For over half of the 20th century, the US population was divided; this division was not between the states or north and south. This division was in every county, town and city. The entire nation was segregated; blacks against whites. Racial segregation was the antithesis of everything which America had originally stood for. The United States, by tolerating laws that allowed segregation, denied the truth that ...view middle of the document...

These tragedies all stem from the view of humanity during that time. The postmodern worldview had “…forgotten God; that's why all this has happened.” (Solzhenitsyn) The postmodern worldview had forgotten that humanity was created in the image of god and thus was not some animals to be used. The problems in western society were deeper than simply not valuing human life. In all of the examples of human life being devalued, each one was legal and government sanctioned. Martin Luther King Jr. said, “…everything Adolf Hitler did in Germany was "legal" and everything the Hungarian freedom fighters did in Hungary was illegal.” The problem was that morality became based on what was legal. Simply because it is legal to do something doesn’t mean it’s moral or even beneficial. It was legal to discriminate in the US or to kill an unborn child, yet these are immoral and abominable actions. Alexander Solzhenitsyn an exile of the Soviet Union said, “The letter of the law is too cold and formal to have a beneficial influence on society.” (A World Split Apart) The Law of the land shouldn’t be the determining factor on the morality of our action.
If the law was never intended to become the moral standard for humanity, then who placed it that position? The answer to this conundrum, is simple. Society set the law as the moral standard, because of postmodernism. Postmodern thinking denied the existence of absolutes, everything was relative to the current situation. Because of this, the law was the...

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