With the influx of mental disorders and the abandonment from any particular faith, people are collectively accelerating our world into more depravity. When we unlatch the shackles of consequences we feel free to act however we please. When this occurs we enter our reptilian brain and only pursue unhealthy dopamine spikes, whether by immoral intercourse, gluttonous eating, or sedentary living. I will discuss how we have abandoned responsibility.
Awhile back, I observed an adolescent disrespecting his parents. I couldn’t believe his behavior but what I couldn’t believe more was the fact that the parents were just letting it slide. “He has O.D.D. [Oppositional Defiant Disorder; google it, it’s as ridiculous as it sounds]” they said. They let this child go on being disrespectful to them and others he met not even trying to correct his error. They pushed the responsibility of parenting away because he has a mental illness; absolutely no effort at all was made to correct the behavior. Because of this, he has disobeyed all authority and has the absolute worst work ethic and self control. He overeats and sits in leisure all day not listening to what others tell him to do.
We see people constantly blaming their problems on mental disorders. In “Why We DO Need Equal Amounts of Women and Men in Some Fields,” I explained that ADHD was overdiagnosed in boys for particular reasons specific to boys. The fact is, both genders are greatly overdiagnosed for ADHD. I could write a whole other article about how schools earn about an extra $1,000 for every child that is two years behind grade level who is diagnosed with ADHD, but for now will solely talk about the teachers lack of responsibility. Overdiagnosing ADHD is a telltale sign that the educational system is failing our youth. The teachers hold sometimes genius students back and diagnose them with ADHD because they simply cannot captivate their young audiences enough to keep the students from not becoming enchanted by something other than what the teacher is saying. In summary, good teachers do not need to “diagnose” ADHD, while bad teachers do and are rewarded for it. They push the blame to the child and their “mental disorder” even though it is really the way of teaching by the instructor that is the problem.
Loss of Faith
Now, many of these “disorders” when untreated would correct themselves as the children grew up in the past. They would follow the religion they were raised with, pursue a “good” life, and correct all their errors. However, as of late we are hearing, “I’m spiritual but not religious.” Now think, why would someone say this? They could mean they are agnostic and try to pursue virtuous living, but I have observed that this is not the case many times. Many want to adhere to a dogma but do not enjoy the consequences of sinning under the doctrine they attempt to follow. They are comfortable living a hedonistic lifestyle and would like to believe that there is some supreme being that will not judge them no matter how they sin and how often they sin. The masses today do not want to be held accountable for their actions.
We are even seeing this vice of humans in religions, look at the modernization of Christianity for example. As Brett and Kate McKay said from the Art of Manliness, many churches now preach about having a romanticized relationship with God and that he never punishes but only forgives. This is not what religion stood for in the past. Followers of a religion were supposed to abide by a strict moral code and were taught that they would be punished if they ever disregarded this code.
“For I and he are of such different kinds that no service which is vile can be done to me, and none which is not vile can be done to him. Therefore if any man swear by Tash and keep his oath for the oath’s sake, it is by me that he has truly sworn, though he know it not, and it is I who reward him. And if any man do a cruelty in my name, then, though he says the name Aslan, it is Tash whom he serves and by Tash his deed is accepted.”
-Aslan, “The Chronicles of Narnia: The Last Battle”
To tie in the quote above, as long as you strictly adhere to a religion you shall be given all the treasures your religion provides, internally and/or externally, no matter what the religion. Even if thinking about this rationally, if you were to go your whole life being a virtuous man just to find out there is no afterlife, you will still have had a great life as well as impacted those around you, living on in thieir memories well past your death.
To greatly paraphrase what C.S. Lewis stated in “The Abolition of Men,” you cannot take one value from a religion but say another value is wrong. You must follow the religion in its entirety because, in essence, they are the foundation for all values and virtues in life for all men. I believe C.S. Lewis is right because all major religions at their foundation preach the same values, only differing slightly due to accommodating differences in local cultures.
These are two ways I have noticed others dive deeper into degeneracy. In order to combat this depravity we must be the shining examples of virtue and earn respect by taking responsibility for our actions. Also, we must hold others accountable for their actions. Do not let people slide when they do something immoral, especially if they are close to you.