Accepting aberrant behavior

News stories and social media bombard our sensibilities with in-your-face abnormal behavior that small groups of rabid activists demand we accept as normal. Of course, the press is complicit in agitating the issue and virtually salivates in spreading around weird.  Americans typically offer their respect, if not necessarily friendship, to those individuals who earn it by controlling their behavior within the normal bounds of civility, good sense and honored traditions.

We don’t suffer noisy, nasty, noxious people. Freedom of association has been a time-honored expectation in this country that is now threatened by the angry zealotry of people who resent our traditional normality and demand “equality” of their weirdness.

A casual trip to restaurants and retail stores provides an eye-full of deviancies:  human bodies defaced with ugly tattoos; rude conversations on cell-phones; inappropriate, provocative dress; vulgar language—incivility on parade.

Dr. Walter Williams, a retired economist and commentator on current social pathologies notes our “tolerance for aberrant behavior”: reports of more than one-half million physical assaults and threats on primary- and secondary-school teachers in a recent school year; baby showers for illegitimate births; 72 percent of black children born to unwed mothers; sex education classes that undermine family and church warnings to children about the bad consequences of premarital and promiscuous sex; and abortions on demand.

Americans have subsidized this behavior for decades since the 1960s when education liberals challenged traditional values and morals taught by parents. Dr. Williams blames the so-called “Greatest Generation” (coined by a journalist) for failing to “transmit the moral values of their parents” and being responsible for “government programs that will deliver economic chaos.” Half of federal spending ($2 trillion) goes to Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid that threatens to bankrupt the federal government—assistance has morphed into entitlement.

This irresponsible, immoral behavior has led us to this point with no end in sight. Constraint and self-control is out; permissiveness and “empowerment” is in. Children have no guidelines, many black children don’t even know their fathers; morality or immorality is a matter of opinion—even former truths are now what an individual decides they should be.

Relativism is not a new phenomenon in American history. The late professor, Richard M. Weaver, wrote an essay in 1961 titled, Relativism and the Crisis of Our times. Dr. Weaver taught English at the University of Chicago. He was considered a “brilliant rhetorical theorist” and a renowned scholar of Southern history and culture. Weaver died unexpectedly at age 53 and is buried in his hometown of Weaverville, North Carolina.

In this essay, he was concerned with the “havoc” relativism played with the modern mind. At that time, he wrote, institutions which were the “patient creations of centuries” were seriously challenged.  In the past fifty years, observed Weaver, the aims of education had been “completely reversed” by public educators.

Worse and maybe underlying education reversal, he believed there had been “attempts to change radically the traditional image of what man is, in his nature.” The social and economic order of that time had been described as “dynamic—moving, continuously in motion.” But, asked Weaver, motion toward what? He described this as, “We don’t know where we’re going, but we’re on our way.”

The crisis he saw was “decay of belief in standards” set up as a “measure for all…not contingent upon this man’s preference, or whim, or that man’s location in space and time.” A standard is “something of uniform and universal determination…the imperative sense of an ideal.” Something we are supposed to “come up to…in our contractual obligations with others—in our more general social responsibilities and even in our personal development.”

Today, I think, Weaver would be appalled at what’s happened in America.  Even the standard of sexuality in our personal development; our social responsibility to be discreet and non-promiscuous about it, including the moral obligation between male and female in marriage and raising families is being rejected.

June is lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender month. The LGBT “community” has its own flag to announce their presence. They are proud of court cases by which they hope to legitimize their chosen sexual differences and force others in the normal “community” to acknowledge their choices—even participate. Activists plan to “keep on fighting” against what they call our “regressive” legislature in North Carolina. They hate Southerners because many of them stand up for age-old religious precepts of morality.

Read all about it in the link below:

http://www.starnewsonline.com/article/20150621/ARTICLES/150619557?template=printpicart

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About R. E. Smith Jr.

Mr. Smith writes essays and commentary on politics, American history, environment, higher education and culture. He's been published in print media and at blog sites for about 25 years. Smith's formal education includes B.S. and M.S. degrees from the State University of New York and Syracuse University. He has earned a 21-credit hour Certificate in Professional Writing from the University of North Carolina-Wilmington. Training/work experience: NYS Ranger School; U. S. Army, Corp of Engineers; soil scientist and forester with USDA; Assoc. Professor at SUNY; real estate agent; small business owner.
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