LIVING OUT OF SYNC

William J. Bennett, a prominent conservative, has written a book called The Index of Leading Cultural Indicators, which uses statistics and quotes to document the decline in America values and the breakdown of public order.

Many of Bennett's examples of "decline" are the result of a vacuum left by the dissolution of the old social system.

Because we insist on clinging to antiquated structures as if they were still viable, we have not allowed more relevant values to evolve.
Too many of our values have become broken, hollow shells that no longer relate to our real lives.
If our lives seem false, empty, unreal, it is because what we believe is in conflict with the way we live.
We are living out of sync.

The rest of this piece consists of quotations from Bennett's book and my comments suggesting how a misplaced faith in archaic social structures is contributing to our present crisis.


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