The Selfish Society. As parents we tell our children to work hard in school so they could become lawyers, doctors, and entrepreneurs. We dream of our kids playing professional sports making millions of dollars. Television is inundated with shows that portray the rich and famous. Look at the millions of people who waste their money on the lottery. To become famous and rich becomes the ultimate goal of our children. It is not surprising that we have a society that does not believe in family values anymore. Even when we try to expound values to our children, they see the hypocrisy in our lives and in our wish for their future.
When did this selfishness take place? Did the baby boomers create this mentality? The economic prosperity created by this generation has diminished our social values, and the importance of God in our lives. Money and fame have become the golden calf. We began to compete with the Jones next door, buying the most expensive cars, and luxury items. Business and work became a mode to make money, and not a means of earning a living. Churches and charities became a mode of making us feel good, and not a means to finding God and compassion. And finally the government became a mode of gaining power and dependency from the people, and not a means to protect and help the people.
We have definitely become a selfish society. How can we change the direction of this negative momentum of greed?