Do the Right Thing
Do the right thing.
It's a simple suggestion and yet one that has become woefully complex in American culture, today. Having devalued Christianity to just another optional religion, this land of liberty finds itself without a core set of values to rely upon to exercise prudence over said gift of liberty. In such a model there exist no absolutes, and government by the people and for the people wrestles in a world of abject relativism.
The above bumper sticker seemingly reflects a nice sentiment. How can one argue that to get along in this world we simply need to tolerate all belief systems? The challenge occurs when this tolerance becomes the basis for belief versus a characteristic. With such a mindset, all faiths are equal, and one freely establishes oneself above it all, free to pick and choose cafeteria style the attributes and practices that feel the best. Tolerance and feelings replaces prudence.
In 2008, Notre Dame sociologist Christian Smith conducted interviews with 230 young adults (ages 18-23) asking them about their moral lives. The results say more about these kid's parents than they do about the kids themselves. A full two thirds were unable to even describe a moral dilemma. Their standard response was along the lines of:
“It’s personal. It’s up to the individual. Who am I to say? I would do what I thought made me happy or how I felt. I have no other way of knowing what to do but how I internally feel.”