When nations fall–Part One

Editorial

 

 

By Sigrid Weidenweber

We all have our reflective moments when we examine the health of our own lives and, pilule if we have just read the paper, cialis the health of our society. Now that most of our cultures and societies are linked by financial and economic ties, we then have to delve even deeper for our examination. If we do the job honestly and thoroughly, we will find ourselves distressed, for the picture of our civilization is not the brilliant, brightly woven quilt we admired so much for years, but the tattered robe of a badly used whore.

So what is wrong with this picture? Why is a disgusting old hag stumbling drunkenly across our gilded stage instead of the sophisticated, elegant actress directing our play with greatness and loquacity?

I have thought about the demise of our civilization often. I always come back to Nietzsche’s ominous pronouncements when he declared God dead, obsolete and replaced by humanistic beliefs. If man believes that he is the uppermost creation in the universe, himself a god-head, then there is nothing to restrict his monumental hubris and his criminal tendency to measure all of his actions with a flexible measure. I have learned that man can justify just about everything. Stealing? I just borrowed this for a while—I had all intentions to return it. Rape? She asked for it. Hell she practically begged me to take her. Murder? He/she deserved to die. Look what they did to provoke me. I have heard and seen it all.

However, one of the factors responsible for all the decay I observe is the regrettable demise of personal responsibility in a great part of our population. A great civilization functions much like a good marriage. In a good marriage partners are committed to have a good family. To achieve this goal they assume outstanding amounts of responsibility for the members of their family. They take on a role which they promise to fulfill with their outmost capability, strength and personal sacrifice. A family with members so imbued will thrive, and be healthy with personal happiness and fulfillment. In such a family the adults and children help each other to be their best.

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That is exactly the way a great civilization functions. The author John Armstrong puts this assumption into a poignant quote: “a community of maturity in which across the ages individuals try to help each other cope with the demands of mortality.” So, how does that apply to our society at this time? In my opinion our country and the Europeans also, look very sick. Our families, to a great extent, are dysfunctional; alcoholism and drug abuse are rampant and in the inner cities gangs have the flags of their own societies, complete with their own set of laws, punishments and rewards.

The glue which holds societies together, a love for country with its expressions of flag, song, adherence to culture and laws has been bashed and ridiculed by the politically correct segment of society. Jingoism is being bandied about. “Xenophobia,” they shout when ordinary people are concerned with a take-over of our laws and culture.

It is the breakdown of law and order, the non-enforcement of the most basic law—the sovereignty of the land that has a majority of citizens enraged. “What are the cops bothering me for when I am five miles over the speed limit, harassing me with a huge ticket when they don’t bother to arrest the illegal without insurance or a current license?” How often have I heard this complaint? Hundreds of times. There are other breakdowns in the law.

I observed, twice, that chosen jurors knew so little of the English language that they were incapable of following the arguments of the attorneys. What kind of justice are we meting out? I am quite sure, and you will agree that this would hold true for you, too, that I would not see a group of twelve of my peers were I to be judged in a courtroom.

*This is Part One of a three part series

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Sigrid Weidenweber

Sigrid Weidenweber grew up in communist East Berlin, escaping it using a French passport. Ms. Weindenweber holds a degree in medical technology as well as psychology and has course work in Anthropology.  She is co-founder of Aid for Afghans.  Weindenweber has traveled the world and lived with Pakistani Muslims, learning about the culture and religion. She is a published author and lecturer.

You can find her books on Amazon.com

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