was disappointed at the meager response to Friday's question: "Have the social
changes since 1960 made for a much better society today than then? What changes
do you think of as bringing progress, and which have brought social decline?"
Sallie added this to my list of positives and negatives:
I can think of is that children could more or less roam free on their bikes and
play in the neighborhoods in the 60's and they have to be very careful now like
hunted animals. In the 1960's I would have felt safe to walk down just about any
street with my kids and now I feel you have to look over your shoulder."
which Paul responded: "Sallie, I was in NG last year for a class reunion.
I felt so safe that I was almost bored. Please tell me my beloved home town is
still safe. It surely seemed that way."
that today most mothers have to work outside the home because of government policies
resulting in low wages (presumably for the principal breadwinner). This has led
to many social dysfunctions, like juvenile drug and alcohol abuse, and sexual
There were also comments about the war in
Iraq and the decline of drive-in movies, but I found no way to make either of
them fit into a point Positive or Negative on the table below. However, that did
get me to thinking of another positive, which is the only addition to the left
column on the list below. To my original list, I've put into my own words and
in white type-color what I believe are fair summaries of Sallie's and Judy's new
since 1960half full or half empty?
more "independent" because of high- tech entertainment (e.g.,
video games, audio systems, personal computers)||Less
freedom for youth to "run free"|
"have" to work outside the home now, because of economic factors|
great disruption, improved racial harmony ||Proliferation
of and free access to pornography |
openness to discussing "real" social issues||Deterioration
of social civility, good manners|
forand ofdistinctive personal styles||Ten-fold
increase in unmarried couples living together |
social disapproval of active adultery||Soaring
divorce rate; "broken families" virtually the norm|
about the role of God and "religion" in personal life||Open
hostility toward God and religion from the left |
of "free time," face-to-face communication, and relaxation |
ethical standards in politics, workplaces||Loss
of innocence for children and adolescents |
hope more feedback will come in, including responses to any of the current list.
Do you disagree with some? Do you think they need "tweaking"? Next time,
I'll take up my thoughts on the list up to now.
complete index of Jon Kennedy's Jonals for 2001 - 2005
order of popularity, the Parish Pump Top 10 Church Magazine Misprints were as
6. Just how far was the destination,
wonders shipmate Kat, when the weekly notice sheet at Aylesbury Methodist Church,
Bucks, energetically announced:
Wesley Guild walk will start from the Hen and Chickens car park at 10 a.m. Please
bring a packed lung.”