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What has happened to the human race in America to have brought about such a attitude of callous and cold indifference,and a almost open display of hostility towards each other that we witness each and every day as we go about our lives.
Its almost as if we human beings no longer share anything in common that unites us except the common sharing of a piece of land.
Have we of the human race reverted back to the laws governing the beasts of the jungle where it is, "prey or predator," and any signs of civility shown towards others is viewed as a sign of weekness and vulnerability to be taken advantage of.
Our schools and our churches have always been charged with the duties of raising our society from the basic animal instincts of survival of the fittest to the nobler thoughts that we "are our brothers keeper" and to "do unto others as you would have them do unto you" but they have obviously failed to instill these ideas in America's citizens.
What we are witness to today in America, "...is a innumerable multitude of men, all equal and all alike incessantly endeavoring to procure the petty and paltry pleasures with which thy glut their lives. Each of them, living apart, is a stranger to the fate of all the rest; his children and his private friends constitute to him the whole of mankind. As for the rest of his fellow citizens, he is close to them, but he does not see them, he touches them, but he does not feel them; he exists only in himself and for himself alone; and if his kindred still remain to him, he may be said at any rate to have lost his country." Have we reached a stage in American society where any sign of courtesy, compassion for others is regarded as unsophisticated and naive.
Professor Lowell, Minister to Spain once said,"I have always been of the mind that in a democracy manners are the only effective weapons against the bowie-knife."The signs of a decline in our society has become quite evident by the total disregard for other people's lives and how easily citizens kill one another, manners are out, killing is in, as a way to deal with other humans.... was the professor right.
Quotes used from a book by Russel Kirk