Our Lost Culture Needs a Moral GPS
I am terrible with directions. When someone attempts to help by saying, “head south on . . . ” or “it will be on the east side of . . ..” Um, what? Thank God for GPS. Remember when we had to look at an actual map? I do kind of miss that and the sense of adventure. I wouldn’t trade it for my Garmin though. I literally don’t know where I’d be without Google Maps or my iPhone.
We have so many devices at our fingertips to help us get where we are going. At any time, we can find North in about two seconds. Given that, I find it ironic that our culture is so lost morally when it comes to family values.
Television is a big part of society and an important reflection of our culture. I’ve seen some fall shows advertised recently that caused me concern. Here is a sampling of titles:
- A Girlfriend’s Guide to Divorce (a Bravo show advertising the “fun” side to divorce)
- Untying the Knot (a Bravo reality show that features a divorce attorney helping couples split up)
- Mistresses (an ABC drama)
- Prison Wives Club (a reality show on Lifetime in which women marry inmates)
- Sister Wives (a reality show on TLC that follows a man and several of his “wives”)
Granted, there are some family-friendly programs airing as well. The networks would not be airing these other shows, however, if there weren’t a sufficient following. And people can certainly watch what they want.
I think it is interesting to stop and to consider, however, if this is really the direction we want to be heading morally.
These kinds of shows promote the devaluation of marriage and of the nuclear family. Of course, the shows themselves are not the real problem. We are creating a marketplace for them. And real life happens. Sometimes, people divorce for good reasons or against their will. Every situation is different. However, I don’t think we should glorify the breakdown of the family. It definitely shouldn’t be a source of entertainment.
Marriage and the family unit are invaluable institutions within our society. So how do we get back on track? Here are a couple of suggested starting points:
- Allow faith back into the culture in a meaningful way. We’ve tried to navigate without it in the last few decades, and it doesn’t seem to be working too well.
- Support family-friendly shows or movies when they come out. We can make an affirmative effort with our time, money, and enthusiasm.
I don’t mean to imply that all shows should be like Leave It to Beaver. Perhaps those days were too idyllic. Maybe it is time to get back to the basics, however, and rediscover and encourage the things that matter.
Family values are getting lost, and we won’t be able to find them soon. We really need to turn on our moral GPS. Or, at least grab a Rand McNally.
What do you think about society’s moral compass today? Do we need one?