Saturday, August 22, 2020

The Loss of Morality

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I wanted to make a quick and easy observation.  With the obvious decline of society and the breakdown of our past social norms, like morality, truth, and our civil liberties there has to be a reason why. 

civ·il lib·er·ty

/ˈsivil ˈlibərdē/


1.     the state of being subject only to laws established for the good of the community, especially with regard to freedom of action and speech.

 Being civil with each other has morphed into, some have to be civil to those who do not have to reciprocate.  Meaning that if you agree with me then I will be civil.  That is dictatorial.   

Liberties mean, the state of being free within society from oppressive restrictions imposed by authority on one's way of life, behavior, or political views.

Both sides of this equation can point to the oppressive restrictions being imposed, but this is where truth comes into play.  The truth about liberties is that they cannot be forced or coerced, they cannot be regulated or mandated, they simply exist and continue as long as the system works cooperatively.  The breakdown occurs when groups try to instill their liberties as more important than anothers liberties

Morality has become a subjective ideology that proclaims that any Morality is acceptable as long as the individual involved agrees. “The philosophy of moral relativism, which holds that each person is free to choose for him or herself what is right and wrong, is becoming the unofficial creed for many in the United States and other Western nations.”  Dallin Oaks.

 Truth is a constant and not an individual interpretation.  “Truth is knowledge of things as they are, and as they were, and as they are to come” (D&C 93:24)  Our limited understanding of the Truth is a constant reminder to look toward the Divine, “I am the way, the truth, and the life” (John 14:6) Christ said to us all. 

With the decline of Christ in our country, we are forced to attempt to determine those truths without the help of the Devine and as a result; we are floundering; we are suffering; we are like children lost in a dense unnavigable forest that blinds us at every turn and prevents us from seeing the clarity of life; we are forced to wander helplessly amidst the blackness that surrounds us. 

When Christ said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life” (John 14:6) He was not referring to some esoteric idea, He is the truth, He is the way to truth and to eternal life.  We all need to look to God to recapture our lost morality, diminish or relativistic notions about life, God and society, and then and only then will we find our way back to those Civil Liberties that support us all toward a more promising future.

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