Led Down the Garden Path
Do you know how to boil a frog? If you put a frog into a pot of boiling water, it will quickly jump out. But if you put a frog into a pot of cool water, and then turn up the temperature very slowly, the frog will eventually boil to death. It will not really notice that the water is slowly getting warmer, and that eventually it will die if it stays in the pot. The same thing has been happening to us human beings, especially in the past century. Remember the early days of television? We loved to entertain ourselves with the clean family shows that always had a father who worked a full time job and came home just in time for dinner and to talk and/or lecture the children.The mother was always a housewife who dressed in a freshly pressed dress, doing the chores, baking cookies, making meals, and tending after the children in an always loving manner. The children were well mannered, clean, and polite to adults. Do you remember a time when the great shows on TV were: “Danny Thomas Show”, “The Andy Griffith Show”, “Leave It To Beaver”, “Hazel”, “Bewitched”, “Dennis The Menace”, “Dick Van Dyke Show”, “Flipper”, “Family Affair”, “The Flintstones”, “Little House on the Prairie”, “The Waltons”, etc.? Seems like the good old days are gone. If you turn on the TV today you can watch or pay for anything you want from “The Simpsons” (hardly gentle cartooning), all the way up to pornographic shows, just with a few clicks of your converter.
So what does all of this mean to us humans in general. Have we been duped by a higher power of evil? Are we being led down the proverbial garden path that will end in the eventual demise of our families and our societies? It sure seems that way unless we are able to notice that the temperature in the “pot” of life is getting warmer and warmer with each passing year. There is an old saying that “Evil flourishes where good men do nothing.” What can good people do today to stop the moral demise of our children, our families and our societies? For starters, we can speak up with courage when we hear and see material that is inappropriate for public consumption, in particular, things that belong to the bedroom of married couples. Sex before marriage by a dating couple is wrong, sexual relations between two people of the same sex is morally wrong, and viewing sexually explicit images online or in print is morally wrong. Remember that many television programs and movies display a lot of graphic content as well as violence, and by not watching these programs, we decrease their ratings, which helps to eventually get them off the air. We can also write to our politicians about the lack of government control around what the public mass media is allowed to air to our societies. Finally, let us continue to dialog with one another to re-sensitize our awareness around the increasing “immorality temperature” in the world around us, and to come up with creative solutions to reverse this trend. Otherwise, we will all end up like the frog in the pot above – dead! And by the way, our death will be an everlasting one, because we have immortal souls. So death for us means everlasting suffering in that place we all hate to acknowledge – Hell!