The Magazine of The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America


February 5, 2008

What ails society?

Searching for a blog topic today, I came across Dear Abby’s column. Her readers respond to this question: What is society’s greatest problem? Here’s a brief look at some of the responses (she’ll have more in tomorrow's column):

• “The main problem in our society today is lack of personal responsibility. ...”

• “It’s apathy ... but, who cares?”

• “It’s greed! The unwillingness to consider how our behavior affects others. We have become so obsessed with material things and a ‘what’s in it for me’ mentality that we have forgotten to live by the Golden Rule.”

• “It’s the breakdown of the nuclear family and lack of good parenting ....”

• “If Darwin was right, future generations will no longer require a tongue because we will no longer converse. Instead, we’ll grow extra fingers with which to type and text.”

• “... intolerance. It breeds all the other problems. We’re intolerant of other people’s views, religions, looks, sexual orientation, languages, mode of dress, career choice, whether to parent—or not. ...”

• “There’s no respect, no discipline, no courtesy and no consideration for others. ....”

Are these readers on to something? What would you add to this list?

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