“Previous civilizations have been overthrown from without by the incursion of barbarian hordes. Christendom has dreamed up its own dissolution in the minds of its own intellectual elites. Our barbarians are home products, indoctrinated at the public expense, urged on by the media systematically stage by stage, dismantling Christendom, depreciating and deprecating all its values. The whole social structure is now tumbling down, dethroning its God, undermining all its certainties. All this, wonderfully enough, is being done in the name of health, wealth, and happiness of all mankind.” Malcolm Muggeridge, The End of Christendom (1980), p. 17, 18
“A tourist is beaten in Baltimore. Young people surround him and laugh. He’s pummeled, stripped and robbed. No one helps. They’re too busy taping it on their smartphones.” Peggy Noonan, The Wall Street Journal, April 21-22, 2012, p. A15
“Groups of teenagers swarm into stores, rob everything they can, and run out. The phenomenon is on the rise across the country. Police now have a nickname for it: ‘flash robs.’” Ibid.
“In New York the past week a big story has been about 16 public school teachers who can’t be fired even though they’ve acted unprofessionally. What does ‘unprofessionally’ mean in New York? Sex with students, stalking students, and, in one case, standing behind a kid, simulating sex, and saying, ‘I’ll show you what gay is.’” Ibid.
“The leveling or deterioration of public behavior has got to be worrying people who have enough years on them to judge with some perspective. Something seems to be going terribly wrong. Maybe we have to stop and think about this.” Ibid.
Editor’s Comment: While we think about this in the United States, Theodore Dalrymple is thinking about this in his Britain. He gives us a good indication of where we are headed by looking at Britain today. His following article entitled “The Ugly Brutishness of Modern Britain” also appeared in the same publication as Peggy Noonan’s article which she entitled “America’s Crisis of Character.” The Wall Street Journal, April 20, 2012, p. A 13.
“A few days ago at a crowded bus stop in the city of Nottingham, a fat youth of about 13 started to throw food at a friend. Some of it nearly hit me and landed on the ground just beyond me, making a mess.
“’Excuse me,’ I said to the youth, ‘could you pick that up?’
“Shut the f— up!” he snarled, with real hatred contorting his face.
“Out of the mouths of babes and sucklings, in England, come—obscenities. No one at the bus stop dared say, much less do, anything. For increasingly, the English are a people who know neither inner nor outer restraint. They turn to aggression, if not to violence, the moment they are thwarted, even in trifles. And those who are neither aggressive nor violent are by no means sure that the law will take their side in the event of a fracas. It is better, easier, for them to pretend not to notice anything, even if it means living in constant fear.
“Under the circumstances, it is hardly surprising that, according to a survey recently conducted by Lloyds Bank, a fifth of all people with assets of more than $640,000 are thinking of leaving the country. Personally I am surprise it is so few. Other surveys have shown that at least 50% of the population wants to leave, in the main to flee the other 50% of the population.
“It is difficult to overstate the deleterious effect on the quality of life in modern Britain of incivility and bad behavior. One small manifestation is the littering of the country. No hedgerow, even in the most beautiful countryside, is without its discarded plastic bottles of soft drinks and wrappings of take-away food. In the matter of litter, the British are now by the far the dirtiest people in the Western world, a sign of their unsocial mindset. Continue reading