Watching TV news this morning gave me an uneasy, almost sickening feeling. I watched several, different media channels, and the lead stories were the same – the ongoing Benghazi investigation, the wrongful probing of targeted groups by the IRS, and now a growing scandal regarding the government and reporters at the Associated Press.
Forget the partisan politics perhaps driving some of these headlines. I’m not going to address the potential damage some of these probes may have on individual participants or groups of people. The reason I am feeling this sense of dread, is that beneath all of these headlines is one glaring fact: We, as a country, have lost our way. We used to put a premium on doing the right thing. We valued integrity and honesty in our leaders and the institutions that directly impacted our daily lives.
Somehow, slowly, but surely, we have started to believe that the ends justify the means – as long as you don’t get caught. Those weren’t the rules I grew up with in my house. What about you? When I was young I was taught to do the right thing. If I made a mistake, or a bad choice, I was told to apologize and try to help mitigate any damage my actions might have caused. In other words, I was taught to consider the other person and take responsibility for my actions.
Now, it seems if you have the right spin on the story you concoct, or a complex cover-up, you can beat the system. That’s not how it’s suppose to work. In fact, we’re seeing example after example that it isn’t working. So why are so many people playing it fast and loose?
It’s time for voices who value civility and integrity to rise up and start shouting for change. That’s what I’m doing with my Boomer and Halley(c) book series for children 4-8. I’m trying to show young children that being good citizens has long-term reward. Please join us. Participate in this site and others like it. Civility training has to start young and it has to start now!