I don’t know when our society started the trip to the gutter, but I would say in the 1960s. That was a time when young people had the idea that they could make a new world by rejecting the old, but it had to be financed by Dad and Mom, and it was.
The kids who chose that lifestyle, cohabited, took drugs and conceived unspecified fathered children.
The next step was to have that behavior generally accepted.
Now, for the most part, it has been, and it has changed our world. Promiscuity is not advocated, but neither is it condemned. It is accepted with resignation, a message of defeat of old fashioned morality to new fangled concepts of what some want to be considered right or wrong.
The old is to be scoffed and filed away with the stiff requirements of religion. Thus, out go the “Ten Commandments” along with its restrictions.
The women’s movement moved in with new ideas of acceptability. What once was a movement for equal pay for equal work became a code of conduct to equal that of men.
Language deteriorated to four letter words, and a guy no longer looked to the Red Light District” but traveled no father than the local bar.
“Looking For Mr. Goodbar” became a reality, not just the title of a book. Conscience was sidestepped or obliterated to accommodate the new morality, and families, commitment, and stability took a step back.
We were on a roll downward.
In the Gold Rush days or when the male population was moving West, it was determined that to bring about civilized behavior, women would have to come in and settle with churches and family, and that was accomplished for the most part.
With today’s concept of equality, from where does civilized behavior stem. That is not to say that there are no ladies left in our society, and not even to say that they are not admired by those who look longingly at what is lost; it is just a reality that progress and personal responsibility lies in another direction from what we have taken.
Sincerely, Norma Christian, Raymondville