If you are as disappointed as I am concerning the lying, vote stealing, ballot box stuffing, sexual misconduct revelations, high level theft by state officials, etc. that have become part of our country, this might help answer our disbelief.
According to Education Portal website, in 1940 only 20 percent of college students admitted to cheating. Today 75 to 98 percent of students admit to cheating. They are cheating not just to pass a test, but to enhance their chances at better jobs or better colleges. Even if you take into account that students today may be just more willing to admit cheating, that in itself is a scary progression from 1940.
During an NPR discussion on cheating, one young man called in to protest that his cheating was not a factor in his character. He said that he and others cheated because they had to in order to get into the best law schools, medical schools, or the most respected universities. His claim was that cheating in this case did not mean that they were immoral. They were moral people with integrity. Why? Because they needed to cheat to get what they wanted.
In 2010 NPR hosted another discussion concerning cheating. Here is part of the synopsis published on NPR.org: “Don McCabe, a professor at Rutgers University Business School, has written extensively on academic dishonesty, cheating and plagiarism. He recently conducted a survey of 14,000 undergraduates over the past four years, in which about two-thirds of students admitted to cheating on things like tests, homework and assignments.”
The NPR synopsis continues, “Dr. Kirk Hanson, executive director of the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics at Santa Clara University, thinks the No. 1 rationalization for cheating is a heavy workload. He tells Conan that that sort of thinking can set cheaters up for a lifetime of cutting corners. ‘Unfortunately, if you adopt that kind of convenience rationalization when you’re in college, it will carry over as part of your character into later life,’ …. McCabe and Hanson agree that while students at all levels resort to cheating, it’s those at the top and at the bottom who tend to cheat more….’The top’s cheating to thrive, the bottom’s cheating to survive.'”
Today, we are beginning to reap the consequences of that attitude. It doesn’t matter what you do as a politician because you are doing it “for the country.” It doesn’t matter what you do in your business or private life because you need to do it to satisfy a personal want or need. “The end justifies the means” is in full swing in our country.
Let’s face it, the thief from the “bad” part of town probably has more integrity than some of the respected “uptowners”. The gas station robber knows what he is doing is unacceptable, but it is his code, and we can recognize him and his motives. Meanwhile the whitecollar driving the BMW may have no qualms about his methods to achieve business success or that million dollar house–because he believes his integrity and morality are intact as long as he has a good reason for acting without integrity or moral consideration. If he has to lie or cheat, it is alright as long as it either benifits him or it supposedly benefits us.
Our country’s moral decay and loss of integrity continues to expand, even in those that we want to honor and respect as leaders of our nation and communities. The question is, how do we keep the slide of morality and integrity down the “slippery slope” from increasing in speed and, like an avalanche, gathering and destroying everything in its path as it heads to its own goal–the bottom of the slope.
Sue majored in Bible and History at Central Baptist College in Conway, AR. Among my 130 hours or so, she has several semesters of Greek and Hebrew. Her favorite area--Old Testament history and theology.
After a position as a tech writer for a local manufacturer disappeared in January of 2009, she decided to settle down and pursue freelance writing. She has served on staff for the Iowa District West – LMCS (Lutheran Church Missouri Synod) offices as a writer and editor; also served on staff as a Director of Christian Education at a church in West Des Moines, IA and as a communications assistant to a pastor in Arkansas.
Sue is politically conservative, socially conservative, culturally conservative--at least according to current definitions.She is a Lutheran Christian committed to the Lordship of Christ. Fan of Deitrich Bonhoeffer and Ravi Zacharias. Jesus calls us to a personal relationship with Him, and the Holy Spirit is working within us to make that possible.
She has written weekly devotions for Iowa District West of the LCMS for ten years; she teaches adult Bible studies and always writes her own materials; I write two blogs which are basically verse by verse Old and New Testament commentaries (she’s currently on break from these and plans to reevaluate in September); She also writes devotions for Gloria Dei Lutheran Church in Urbandale, IA and has rewritten (with author's permission) a course called "Divorce Care" to better fit some Lutheran doctrinal differences.
Sue is married with two adult children and four grandchildren, and a beagle that rules their lives.She is working diligently right now on her family history and getting their historical photography scanned and distributed to cousins; she also enjoys nature photography, golf, shooting, computer gaming, hiking, reading, biking, working out, and driving (as odd as that may sound).Someday she would really like to get organized.