Saturday, December 21, 2013

Where has Morality Gone?

     You know, one thing I've noticed as I've grown older is the loss of simple morality in the people around me. I mean, I feel like the world, or at least the world I live in (America, hollah), is just completely sucked dry of people who are just generally trying to be good. Now, I'm not trying to criticize anyone specifically, nor am I trying to start some crazy war with anyone, it just feels like people don't seem to care anymore. For example, one very prevalent person in today's social media, of course, is Miley Cyrus (yes, I'm talking about her, deal with it). I mean her no disrespect, but it's hard to avoid it. She was a child television star and a huge influence on so many people in my generation. Now that she, and we, have grown up, she's completely gone out of control, becoming such a terrible influence. Twerking, smoking pot on live television, creating absolute whore-ish music videos (probably because her managers told her it was a good idea). Many people try to defend her by saying that she wants to be her own woman, and she is trying to show that she doesn't want that stereotype of being the sweet Hannah Montana girl. I get that. What I don't get it, is why she's the target issue. Her managers, her "friends", her parents, and pretty much everyone she associates with, eggs her on on this self-destruction and humiliation. The poor girl is being tossed around like a rag doll and given money and "fame" in return. Society is literally destroying all of her humanity. I feel terrible for her, and what I don't get is why no one seems to care. At all.

     People in general just don't seem to care. I've never been one to go out, get messed up, party hardy till the break of dawny, or anything like that. I've always felt like I should try to be a good person in general and to try to stay away from being "wrong" (not to say that I'm perfect, because there are so many things that I've done that are just awful, I'm human). I just finished my first semester of college, and I've learned so much from it. I left my home, state, friends, and family, to go to a college seven hours away from my home. One of the reasons I left my home was because I felt that so many of the people around me just didn't really care about their futures. Well, in this completely new place, and state, I've noticed a lot of the same thing. There are so many people I've met who just don't care about being a good person or trying to be nice. I mean there are people I've run into who have tried to start fights with me for literally no reason at all. I've overheard conversations of men talking about women like they're just tools for guys. I've seen people literally hurt other people for what can't even be considered "reasons", their so stupid.

     What I'm trying to get to is, I don't understand why people feel the need to be angry, or better yet, reluctant to be honest. Many people have told me on different occasions that they don't need to be moral because they don't have a religion. That is literally the most pathetic thing I've ever heard. You don't need to be religious to be a good person!! If the word "morality" really scares you that much, how about the word "helpful"? People seem to constantly be attacking others, fighting only for their selves and those in their little groups. Why in the world is it such a terrible thing to try and be a good person? I don't understand at all why being "good" has such a bad stigma attached to it. How can you honestly say you want to be a bad person? Why?! Why in the world do some people want to be bad people?! We live in a world with so much struggle in it, why add to that struggle? Now the people I am talking about, to be clear, are people who, socially and monetary class-wise, are pretty well-off. If money and social activity is not an issue for you, what possible right do you have to go out of your way to be a bad person? It makes absolutely no sense. People literally question me as to why I care so much about others being good people! I really don't know how to respond to something like that. Why do I wish all people were good people? Why is that a weird or bad thing to wish?! Yes, I do wish more people were more moral because that would make the world a better place!

     I don't want to be thought of as a person who hates the world or anything, however. I know there are many good people out there. There are so many people who, everyday, do their absolute best to avoid anger and face their issues with the actual smart solution. These people go largely unnoticed though. This makes sense, however. A person who sincerely wants to be good, would never gloat about that, and shouldn't. It just seems to me, that those who purposefully don't want to care about the people around them, or life in general, actually go out of their way to make the local word around them harder. I just don't see the need or desire to try and hurt people. It's just ridiculous.