I myself came from a family of four. One of the things I remember my father always saying while I was growing up was, “I just want you to have it better than when I was growing up.” I’m sure he meant by not having to eat saltine crackers mushed up in a bowl of milk for my diner like he had to eat when he was a child. However, I know that my brother and I sure had a lot more toys than he did. I remember getting an allowance with out any responsibilities also. This isn’t to say my father wasn’t stern with discipline. Did I mention I use to get whuppins when I did something wrong?
Yet today we live in a society where a parent can go to jail or have their children taken away from them for spanking them. We have children that turn their parents into the police. We have parents that blame the school system for their child's academic failure and who refuse to believe that their child could misbehave in any fashion---even when I show them video tape of them bullying my nephew.
Now here is where I’ll probably get into trouble with the women. Let me say right up front, I am not blaming women for society’s problems! I blame the men! Somewhere along the line, men forgot to let the women know how appreciated they were. Some how the term “A woman's place is in the home” became a derogatory statement against women, done so by men. It takes a very skilled person to run a home, be it a man or a woman.
I also tie this in with the lower birth rate. I believe that with fewer children in the home, or none at all, women started to feel insignificant. Perhaps this why so many started entering the work force in the late 60’s and 70’s. Without a newborn child at home to take care of, what’s the need for them to stay home during the day while they are off at school? Also, I ask myself this, “Is it a coincident that the divorce rate starting to rise around the time more and more women began to enter the work force?”
Remember the days when women weren’t allowed to be married to be school teachers or “stewardess”. We look back on those times now as archaic. But was there a reason for it? Did our grandparents and their grandparent know something that we don’t?
These two issues are but just a few that run through my mind as what may be the cause of our moral decline in our society. There’s the “do whatever makes you feel good” issue. There’s the “I want it now” syndrome ranging from drive thru fast food joints to massive credit card debts. We have political correctness and affirmative action. Then let’s not forget the idiots we elect to our own government that has run amok.
Again, before I’m called on the carpet, I want to say that in no way what so ever am I implying women should be second class citizens and ruled over by men, and offer an apology to the women on this forum up front if you have taken it that way. That is not my intent! I’m simply looking back into a time when things were different and seemed to have been better times for society as a whole. Then again, I didn’t actually live during those times, so what the hell do I know?