Nathan R. Jessup

The Inconvenient Truth About Morality

In freedom, Government Lies, Health Care, Integrity, living free, morality, Uncategorized on December 23, 2009 at 8:54 pm

“Truth has no special time of its own. Its hour is now – always.” Albert Schweitzer

What is the biggest threat to America’s future? Some argue health care reform, some global warming or perhaps the war in Afghanistan, all serious problems. The real enemy is a far stronger and more illusive adversary then any of the aforementioned, moral vacuity.

Today, it’s difficult to imagine a Country without greed and corruption. Even Tiger Woods, a once pillar of integrity, now reveals his many surrenders to selfish desire. Oddly, Americans look to one another for moral stability, a constantly shifting platform to say the least. Over time, the proverbial house of cards grows taller with little or no attention to its most precarious foundation.

Without question, the United States has endured a myriad of challenges throughout its last decade. Some examples: 9/11, the war in Iraq and Afghanistan, a skyrocketing deficit, hurricane Katrina, the wildfires of southern California, the horrific Ft. Hood massacre and many others. As we rest on the brink of sweeping health care and climate reform, one can only wonder, might this be the card that brings down the house?

Thomas Jefferson remarked, Self-interest, or rather self-love, or egoism, has been more plausibly substituted as the basis of morality.Jefferson’s insight predicts eventual conflict when applied to a society filled with limitless self-interest. As a child I often wrestled with acting in accordance to that which I knew was morally correct. Now an adult, I must consider the possibility of a society that struggles not with the execution of moral behavior yet, identifying what is in fact, moral. The gradual replacement of morality with egoism has overgrown the path to righteousness and thus placed a “dangerous pass” sign at its beginning.

As America struggles to find its moral compass, allow me to offer some wisdom from those who personally understand the importance of truth and morality:

“If you have integrity, nothing else matters. If you don’t have integrity, nothing else matters.” Alan K. Simpson

Simpson reveals: integrity is the only cause when rendering a decision. Conversely, a conclusion reached without integrity matters not. I imagine this is the section for which the amoral take issue. For those who challenge, “life is not that simple, it’s not a black or white issue”, I vehemently disagree. Those who argue, ‘integrity cannot always be applied to a complicated world’, either fail to understand the principle, or realize the principle derails a self-serving agenda.

While members of Congress meet to debate and most likely pass questionable health care reform, I cannot help but recognize an ever-moving and conveniently reshaped moral code. When cautioning against such practices, realize the only real change will likely come from complete and utter failure. Make no mistake, I wish failure upon no one yet realize the dire need for morality in everyone. America: everyone (and I mean everyone) wanders from the path, which will never change. Regardless, don’t ever forget your way back; our Nation is counting on you.

“Force always attracts men of low morality.” Albert Einstein

“Art, like morality, consist of drawing the lines somewhere.” G.K. Chesterton

  1. These politicians have no idea what shame is or what it means.

  2. The fix will not be easy…

  3. Merry Christmas to you and yours, Nathan. Better days are ahead.

  4. And to you. Yes they are my friend, yes they are…

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