Colin's officially my favorite FECC wit.
On the topic: in practice, I wonder how ordinary people today cope with the fact
that corporations no longer have any real restraints. In our atomized society, one where we often don't know (and don't want to know) our neighbors, the burden is on the parent today. We've lost many of our collective belief systems and as a result, there's little in the way of a filter - except for those who try hard
enough to use it. Elders have always said that youth were going wrong,
but one does get the sense that we are adrift and into new territory.
To put it all on the parents is a problem. I agree that individual parents should not do such stupid things as you describe, LTB, but I see a role for society in fostering morality to some extent (say, at least before 9pm on TV or say, enforcing PG-13/ R -rated movie restrictions.) Indeed, bringing back ushers and having such a mother thrown out should be a requirement - enshrined in law. Even "shame" is out of style. It's "too
judgemental" - no matter that it slides right off of some people.
Just as the economy isn't entirely unfettered, I think the moral realm needs some
input. Where we draw that will be tough, but the vulgarism of today's society (and again, I'm no prude) really is unrestrained on today's kids. Shock value rules and things like
talent are hard to come by. So much of Hip Hop rides on the wave of
attitude, anger, and swagger - but little in the way of music proficiency
(save for some sense of rapping "flow" and a "poetry" - of sorts)...
We've been paralyzed by a sense that we don't want to go back to the bad old "censorship" days. This is one victory of the '60s: an ingrained sense of there being no need for guidelines. You don't have to be Jerry Falwell to acknowledge this. It took me a long time to feel comfortable with saying, you know, those "right wing Christians may have a point": it is
I'm glad adults have access to such things, and find "the children" argument a bit overused at times (name an issue!) but still it's not a horrible benchmark.
We need the sacred and the profane. Now we are very much all
Is this the good, enlightened society we hoped for? I wonder.
I say we need a yin and
yang. Right now it's all yang. Or nearly about.
Elvis taught us that some of the profane was needed. So did the '60s.
It's that hard to reach balance we have to contend with.
I guess we have had a bachlash of sorts, although the "raunch" factor
lives on, in some ways unabated. Maybe all the cynicism is on-target,
but I also think we end up getting the government(s) we deserve, sadly.
Maybe our forebears (and I mean not the 1930s, but eons
long ago that such a balance is necessary. Religion no doubt came about
in part to administer to society in this way, if not in a more divine sense as one may or may not believe. Oh, well.