Deceit and betrayal reigns in America! “Three Cups of Tea” is a crock, Arnold Schwarzenegger fathers a love child, Dominique Strauss-Kahn’s accuser is accused, Anthony Weiner flames out, Casey Anthony goes the way of O.J., and Lance Armstrong may have taken us for a ride. Fun summer entertainment — or disturbing sign of moral decay?
Mary Wells Lawrence: Bob Strauss, who was important to Lyndon Johnson, Jimmy Carter, George Bush and Ronald Reagan, knew all the girls and boys in government offices in those years. He once told my husband that he was so grateful to the press for hiding the big sex issue in those offices. It wasn’t until the world and our children got used to living with the movie violence and movie sex on television that the press changed too, perhaps to sell more newspapers and magazines.
It’s often the young who start revolutions and the young, fed by a television world, took to the Internet immediately, giving it the permissiveness and openness and leadership that it has. I think there has always been business fraud, violence of all kinds and love children with household helpers (remember Thomas Jefferson.) But the leadership of television and the games children grow up playing and the explosive exposure of every little thing – important or dumb – has magnified the bad side of life. Maybe bad will become boring and we will hide a lot of it again. Some futurist scientists believe that our future nanotechnology will provide implants to cure the urge to badness as it will the urge to smoke or take drugs. And early religions believed that 2011 and 2012 were seen by God’s messengers as the world’s worst years and the time when the world begins a slow return to its origins and a blissfulness that was the intent. Some believe that slowly, ever so slowly, we are developing into one world, one family that will eventually put a lid on troublemakers. Lots of books written about us humans — but nobody really knows very much.