"Things didnít used to be like this, what has happened to this planet?" How many times have you asked yourself this question as you read the pages of the newspaper or listened to the latest news broadcast about the violence, crime and lack of values permeating this society?
Cultural decay is rampant and no city or town in the world is immune to the myriad of social problems that arise in the wake of widespread violence, crime, abuse, illiteracy and immorality.
Our social decay is clearly reflected in statistics.
We can no longer afford the view that our social problems will lessen or go away if we throw enough money at them.
Thankfully there are many fine groups and individuals working earnestly to resolve these and other problems. These people and groups are truly special and are factually the ones that keep civilization from completely self destructing. We applaud their efforts.
But there is something basic that is wrong ó a true common denominator ó that causes such problems to exist, causes them to persist and causes such problems to keep recurring without a final resolution.
We are facing an ethics crisis in our world, from the highest levels of government, business and the media down through every echelon of society.
At the root of violence, crime and an unsafe
environment is the lack of basic moral and ethical values. When the youth
are not taught what is right and what is wrong (in a way that makes sense
and that they can understand) then society becomes a dangerous place to
live, work or play for all.