Tuesday, July 05, 2011

Where's the shame?

For quite a while I've believed that our culture is lacking in shame. This isn't the first time I've discussed this. People strut around doing all manner of awful things without even a twinge of shame. If there was more shame, there would be less bad behavior. People simple don't care that they act inappropriately. And for a more civilized society, they should care.

The latest example is Jesse James admitting that he has forgiven himself for repeatedly cheating on his former wife Sandra Bullock. As he says, "Oh, yeah. I'm cool."

I hope I'm not the only person who's disgusted with this immature, self-centered jerk. He said only the media portrayed his behavior as negative and justified himself by saying, "Yes, I cheated on my wife, but so do a lot of other people." Blech!

Last week a Facebook friend posted a link to a story that discusses something our culture needs to give some thought to. The article's called The Death of Shame. Take a look.

What do you think?


DenaNetherton said...

Megan, I was talking with a friend about this same subject. In the old days, when someone did something shameful, they received lots of censure from their community. Now, bad acts are lauded as somehow evidence of freedom. We're supposed to show tolerance; it's the new religion.
Really sad. This is what happens when we turn our backs on God's standards.

Megan DiMaria said...

Thank for joining the conversation, Dena. You raised some good points.

JustNanny said...

This is my first time on your site, and I am pleased to be here! You have opened up a dialogue that is both interesting and timely. We have been warned about the new religion of tolerance, and it's potential effect on society. Sadly, now we are living it. I need to address this in my personal life, as this behavior can become contagious. Behaviors that would be addressed or even shunned are accepted as being okay, and if you are offended by bad behavior, you are the one with the problem. How did things get turned so up side down, and so quickly!?! The answers are always found in following God's way. peace and blessing! Nanny

Megan DiMaria said...

Thanks for your kind words, JustNanny. It's nice to know I'm not the only one who feels this way.

Courtney Walsh said...

I think it's the pervasive sense of entitlement that drives me nuts. Everyone is so entitled. "I can do whatever I want and you can't stop me." There's no consideration for anyone or anything else.

You're not alone, Megan. Not by a long shot.