What happened to the generations since WWII?
Ron Batdorf 4 July 2013
My dad would say that it seems that ever since the end of WWII that there is an attitude change in this country he called “hurrah for me and the hell with you”. As a kid I didn’t understand what my father was really talking about and kept pursuing my own ambitions and goals but as I have gotten older; I started to realize what my father really meant by this social change after WWII. Maybe this attitude was the result of our dropping the atomic bombs on Japan. It was an all-out effort to stop the war and it was not the first time total destruction was used in warfare; but it was the first time such indiscriminate use of total warfare was exercised to the point of knowing human’s total eradication was a possibility. This decision to drop the atomic bombs wasn’t taken lightly but it was an ultimate position that our leadership at the time felt had to come in order to stop much more bloodshed down the road.
Since WWII we have turned into a society that seeks self-gratification above all else and this has reached a pinnacle in our rights as humans to have freedom of any thing that gets in our way of pursuing this self-gratification of the individual. We rationalize everything in today’s society for these individual rights as the new definition and baseline for the term “freedom”. And this freedom has come to mean we are not encumbered by moral or religious convictions because they limit this definition of individual freedom. The fact is if you read the Declaration of Independence of this country we already had a definition of “freedom”; “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.” These unalienable rights mentioned as God given; not man given. This means that we have rights as long as we are abiding within the natural laws that God has established. Our forefathers knew this as they fought for this freedom and way of life so that the next generation could enjoy this freedom; but today it isn’t about fighting for life and a better world for our children but how we compromise ourselves and our next generation and allow obsession with death and how we have these short term self-gratifications to guide us in our freedom; thus taking the burden of this freedom away from our own doing and placing it on our government. Since death is so fleeting in today’s world; we only think how do we dodge the bullet; but don’t care if our neighbor can’t dodge it. It is like the mouse that the cat didn’t catch; saying boy I am glad it was the other mouse instead of me. So this gets back to my father’s feelings about attitudes that shifted since WWII ended.
Rights of individuals only come if we follow what God has established for us. When man thinks he or she can establish these rights; we think we know better than God and this pursuit of our happiness has nothing to do with others but our own plight. Our nation was founded on Judeo-Christian beliefs which meant that our founding fathers believed in one God of all peoples which then allowed them to even suggest these undeniable rights within our declaration of independence because we are all equal in the eyes of this one God. Without this belief we could not have this form of government and the laws that were originally established. But today; we want to eliminate all issues that might restrict our thinking about our individual rights as humans because this limitation is not shared by other people of different faiths or of no faiths and different cultural backgrounds. Having freedom of religion means even free to live a life in this country without having any belief at all; but our founding fathers didn’t conceive that this meant we have to accept zero standards for preserving life and equality for all members of our society even the mothers with child.
Life is a gift from God and He knows all of us in every detail; so He asks us to honor Him by allowing life that He created to continue as long as possible with loving and caring until we pass to the next world. His declaration of independence for us is that we love each other and that requires we honor and support not only our lives but the lives of the next generation and that means sacrifice as necessary to preserve life to its fullest; with taking care of the earth and the people in it. What we need to do in this country is to remember our roots; and it was and still is these roots that attract people from all over the world to come here to this country to find the freedom we have. Let’s don’t change the meaning of that freedom or else we will lose our ability to be great and blessed by our Creator and the buzzards will circle and before long we find we are a decaying carcass of humanity. Remember that Harrah of me and Harrah for you were and still should be our motto as we celebrate this Independence Day.