Cal  Thomas

"If everyone demanded peace instead of another television set, then there'd be peace." -- John Lennon

"Black Friday" was a metaphor beyond the merchants' bottom line. Headlines on last Friday's Drudge Report reflect a culture that is being trampled by the greed and me-only attitude of a growing number of us:

  • "Mall mayhem...
  • Suspected shoplifter shot after dragging cop through KOHL's parking lot...
  • Brawls. .. Man stabbed over parking spot...
  • Shopper Kicked Out Of WALMART For Filming Fight...
  • Man shot walking home with big screen...
  • Shoppers Trampled in Race for $49 Tablet...
  • SALVATION ARMY kettles stolen...
  • Woman pulls stun gun in argument over Walmart shopping cart."

Once such stories seemed isolated, even bizarre. In the era of flash mobs and a growing entitlement mentality fueled by politicians and "income inequality" alarmists, these far too frequent instances now seem to be symptomatic of a decaying culture.

Like those with symptoms of illness who refuse to see a doctor, ignoring this pestilence that is destroying our foundations ensures it will get worse. These incidents are the result of a nation that has ceased to impose -- yes, impose -- the old values that served previous generations well.

The dark night is rising and it isn't a Batman movie.

The latest, but probably not the last, expression of what I mean is what used to be called assault and battery, but now is labeled the "knockout game" in which mostly young men see if they can randomly knock another person unconscious with a single punch.

People and nations must be ruled by something, or there is anarchy. Either it is God, or secular laws that control our lower nature. Today, we are out of control as we pursue happiness through prosperity in the false hope money and things will satisfy. The problem with prosperity is that one is never satisfied. As the ancient writer said, "Whoever loves money never has money enough; whoever loves wealth is never satisfied with his income." (Ecclesiastes 5:10) Who today is satisfied with their income and circumstances?


Cal Thomas

Cal Thomas is co-author (with Bob Beckel) of the book, "Common Ground: How to Stop the Partisan War That is Destroying America".
 
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