THE JUDEO-CHRISTIAN ETHIC
There are many autocracies in the world where an existing ethic needs to be replaced for the purpose of keeping the autocrats in power. These countries seem to follow a familiar pattern wherein a group of bureaucrats define, and attempt to implement a new ethic, becoming corrupt individually and collectively in the process. A strong man, or small group, takes over.
Prime examples of this sequence would be: Russia, starting with the revolution in 1917 and continuing with growing corruption and one strong man after another to the present. China is another. Mao Zedong started a communist regime at the end of WW2 that continues today under Xi Jinping, who’s still seeking to stamp out corruption.
When I was in grammar school, I attended both Catholic and public schools. For grades 4-6, I attended P.S. #3 in a small town, Coytesville, N.J. As far as I know, there were no Jewish kids in town. At the start of every day, we pledged allegiance to the flag and recited the ‘Our Father’.
At Christmas, we staged a ‘nativity’ play. A role as one of the three kings was cherished. I never got one. I was so tall, they preferred to hide me in the background.
For grade 7, I went to Fort Lee High where I met my first Jews. They made an impression; the boys dressed in jackets and ties, and the girls were similarly turned out. And I was no longer the smartest kid in the class. We all stood for the pledge of allegiance and the ‘Our Father’. The Jewish kids remained silent for the latter.
None of the above was considered unusual, or controversial. We all had the same frame of reference—the Judeo-Christian Ethic. As a country, we’ve been operating under this ethic from the very beginning. We never thought about it; the ten commandments appeared on public buildings; “In God we trust” on our currency; and we still take oaths on a bible.
In recent years, there’s been a concerted effort to stamp out the Judeo-Christian ethic and replace it with one defined by our political leaders, who, as I’ve pointed out in many previous essays, are corrupt.
They, and their followers, seek to eliminate any religious expression from our public life and to subjugate free speech to political correctness. They’ve thrown out due-process and find people guilty as charged for certain crimes such as pedophilia, sexual harassment, and racism. Many feel that our constitution is obsolete, and that public-opinion should guide our legal system.
No doubt, we have many unresolved problems in our public life; a more unified approach to solutions would be helpful—possibly essential.
I’m reminded that one of the greatest Americans of the 20th century, Martin Luther King, did not call for a change of ethic. He called for a stricter adherence to the one we had.
Where are we in the process of changing our ethic, and who gains?
With our government dominated by special-interest corruption, can we possibly come together on this, or any significant issue? Or, are we doomed to be constantly at swords point by disingenuous politicians, special interests, and compliant, sycophant media?
Funny, I can’t see how to fix anything without getting rid of corruption first.