David Rhodenhiser is so close to naming the problem and hence the solution.
It’s not a lack of civic pride that is the problem.
It is a lack of accountability for an individuals actions and expressions.
From all sides we are bombarded with the message not to judge people:
- Multiculturalism teaches that all cultures and their ideas about life are equal.
- Christianity teaches to ‘love the sinner and not the sin’, as if the two are somehow mutually exclusive.
- The public school system teaches that you don’t have to be able to do the work to pass a grade.
- The prevailing social theory dictates that the criminals are a product of their environment and cannot be held accountable for their actions.
- The government teaches that you don’t have to be responsible for up your life, if you need welfare, health care, education or any number of other ‘essentials’ they will give it to you and make someone else pay.
This all filters down to people, young people in particular, not feeling any need to make responsible choices. Why would they when there is someone there to pick up their slack and fix their mistakes.
The solution is not just to “stand up and say what behaviour is unacceptable… again and again…”
The solution is a philosophical shift that will take generations to achieve. Politicians, parents, business leaders, educators and journalists need to start holding themselves and others accountable for their actions.
The article I am responding to :