The Degradation of Society

The Degradation Of Society Is Happening Faster Than We Think

The survival of a conservative in a degrading society

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I don't quite know when this so-called 'degradation' began, yet it's here so we must deal with it the best we can individually.

Men are not dressing like men typically have for centuries. Just recently, a MAN was offended because he was called "sir" while dressed as a female in Gamestop. I'm just trying to figure out why these things are happening. In times like the 1950s, men dressed like men and women like women.

We did not have massive amounts of cases where people were accidentally misgendered. Organizations are worried because they may be targeted for gender reasons. This past year, The Boy Scouts decided to go ahead and allow female participation as well as change their name. California, for example, has now decided to lead the nation in using "X" as an option on birth certificates. You are no longer required to be declared a gender at birth.

The fact is, society is not what it used to be. In the 1952 film "Singing In The Rain" Gene Kelly, the lead actor did many things that are uncommon today. He held the umbrella for his date, he walked his date to her door, and he opened the door for her. As minute as these things seem today, they were once a constant form of behavior for gentlemen. This is not just a form of behavior that is required of gentlemen though. Opening the door for someone behind you

Society as a who has definitely changed though. Being a 22-year-old college student I've seen classmates become married, divorced. and even have children. I'm not saying that all of these things are bad because they aren't. It's the order that most of the things happen. Children are born into unwed families that soon dissolve or cease to exist after the birth of the child.

These things do not usually affect the child, in fact, some children born in broken homes have been quite successful including; Adele, Justin Timberlake, Johnny Depp, and Rihanna. The fact is most kids should not have to go to a different home on Christmas or figure out who's house to visit first on other holidays. Some do not even have that luxury, some children never gain a relationship with one or both parents. These are sad and tragic events that are more common in society now, than before.

Relationships also differ for courtships in the past. Couples break up, get back together, begin seeing other people, and some now even have "open relationships". I personally know someone who is in a relationship, in which they declared the relationship was ended, yet they were back together within two weeks.

That persona now claims they have been with their partner for 6+ months...Yeah, OK. Divorce is also more socially acceptable now than before. In times like the 1960s, you almost never heard of divorce or parental separations. Yet today, you can rarely meet someone who has never experienced a divorce in their family.

The times are definitely changing, but is it for the better?

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Growing Up Catholic And How It Shaped Me

"I like being able to believe there is more to life than our time on Earth."

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Ever since I can remember, I have attended church every Sunday morning. Not always at the same church, but always at the same time with all the same people. I've never known anything different.

Both of my parents are Catholic and so are their parents and so on and so forth. I attended religious education classes my whole childhood and when I was 15, I chose to get confirmed which basically says you are choosing to continue your faith.

As a kid, I didn't really understand why we went to church every Sunday and there were some Sundays where I just didn't want to get out of bed to go. When I'm on the verge of not going to mass I tell myself that it is just 1 hour of my time, 1 hour each week and that is all I have to give. Everyone has 1 hour to spare.

Now that I am older, I'm grateful my parents have introduced me to the Catholic Church. I like having something to believe in and being able to have faith. I'm a huge optimist in my daily life and a big part of that is because I trust God's plan for me, whatever happens is with his best intentions for me. I like being able to believe there is more to life than our time on Earth.

It seems that the word "Catholic" has a negative connotation nowadays and that makes me extremely sad. No one should be judged or profiled based on their religion.

Being Catholic to me means always striving to better myself and bring myself closer to God. Being Catholic might mean something else to another person and that's what is great about religion and faith, they affect everyone differently and it is up to you to decide what to do with these 2 things.

At the end of the day, I am grateful for being brought up in the Catholic family I was because it gave me my morals and made me the person I am today, whom I am proud of.

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The Magic Of Lightening Bugs

Catching lightning bugs was a family event in my household.

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When I was, young lightning bugs blew my mind. Small creatures that glowed in the sky. To me, they seemed to hold a little bit of magic. Whether or not they contain magic, they still hold a special place in my heart. Some of my fondest memories are due to the lightning bugs in my backyard.

My family taught me the perfect way to catch lightning bugs. We would take an old pickle jar and stab holes in the lid. Then I would pull some grass up out of the yard and place it in the bottom of the jar. I would also hunt for some small sticks to put in the jar. I wanted to make it nice and homey.

After I had the perfect jar, the hunt began. I was taught the perfect way to cup my hands to catch them. Cupping my hands helped to keep me from crushing them. I would run around my yard catching as many as I could. Collecting them all in my jar.

After I was tired of catching them, I would sit with my family and watch them. It was one of the best parts. Sitting with my family, investigating a different species. This was one of the many ways my family helped me fall in love with learning.

I became a big sister when I was four and eventually I was blessed with five younger siblings. I was eager to teach my younger siblings everything I knew. One thing I could not wait to share with them was the art of catching lightning bugs. This time I was the one seeing the magic in their eyes.

I heard their "ooohs," and "aahs." I loved helping them build their perfect jar. I love helping teach them the perfect way to cups their hands. Sharing the magic of catching lightning bugs with them meant so much to me because I love bonding with my siblings.

One of the funniest memories in my family has to do with lightning bugs. We were rehearsing for my mom's and step-dad, Chris's wedding. My little brother Gabriel was three years old. He was their ring bearer. We were practicing walking down the aisle. It was his turn to walk down the aisle. He began walking, holding the little pillow and then he saw a lightning bug. He was so excited that he threw the pillow into the air and yelled, "lightning bug!" Then he took off running My family still laughs about it to this day.

Lightning bugs may not be magic, but they have brought a lot of magic into my life. Lightning bugs have brought me laughs, joy, and have brought my family together. While catching lightning bugs, I have seen magic in my little siblings' eyes. I have sat on the porch with my mom and grammies and watched the sky glow. Every time I see that small, twinkling, green light, I am reminded of my loving family.

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