Culture War
Many from both the right and the left bemoan the state of the American culture today. Whether it is the lack of positive images in TV, movies, music, politicians, sports figures, police in schools and more, freedom and morality are discussed as being in conflict with each other. Benjamin Franklin once wrote on the subject: "Only a virtuous people are capable of freedom. As nations become corrupt and vicious, they have more need for masters." This should ring true to you today as we debate not only our eroding culture, but the role of government in our lives. Are culture and the need for more government control more connected than we realize?

FRUSTRATION

8/6/18
By Steve Almond,
from The Wall Street Journal,
7/16/18:

WSJ. asks six luminaries to weigh in on a single topic. This month: Frustration

“Frustration is the underside of desire. It’s an important part of the human arrangement because it’s the thing that makes us realize that we must use patience and persistence to get the things that evade us. Our frustration level in America is incredibly high, which is a result of a consumer culture dedicated entirely to instant gratification. We’re constantly being shown the dangling, beautiful fruits of capitalism; we’re exposed to advertising where we get exactly what we want. So, as a result, we’re ready to murder each other because of traffic jams or punch each other out over a burger and fries. When we expect to get everything we want instantly, we become entitled. And that’s what the skilled demagogue and politician plugs into, the sense that we should get what we want with no personal sacrifices, with no danger of failure or falling short.”

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