Tuesday, June 15, 2010

The Crisis of Culture

Every day we see the fruits of our modern culture ripen. But the fruit is not only ripening, it is rotting on the vine.

We have uncritically absorbed hedonism, selfish pleasure, relativism, etc. into our modern lifestyles. These ideas have disastrous consequences. The chickens have been coming home to roost for a long while now - e.g. abortion, contraceptive mentality, same-sex marriage, cloning, fetal stem cell research, euthanasia, etc.

But, new fruits are starting to come to the forefront. Two examples:
Notice that even Slate, a proponent of many of the modern cultural trappings, has noticed what is going one.
Two snips from the articles.
One law firm, which specialises in divorce, claimed almost one in five petitions they processed cited Facebook.

Mark Keenan, Managing Director of Divorce-Online said: "I had heard from my staff that there were a lot of people saying they had found out things about their partners on Facebook and I decided to see how prevalent it was I was really surprised to see 20 per cent of all the petitions containing references to Facebook.

"The most common reason seemed to be people having inappropriate sexual chats with people they were not supposed to."

Flirty emails and messages found on Facebook pages are increasingly being cited as evidence of unreasonable behaviour.
Sperm-Donor kids:
As a group, the donor offspring in our study are suffering more than those who were adopted: hurting more, feeling more confused, and feeling more isolated from their families. (And our study found that the adoptees on average are struggling more than those raised by their biological parents.) The donor offspring are more likely than the adopted to have struggled with addiction and delinquency and, similar to the adopted, a significant number have confronted depression or other mental illness. Nearly half of donor offspring, and more than half of adoptees, agree, "It is better to adopt than to use donated sperm or eggs to have a child."
We need the new evangelization of culture to get a foothold soon.

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