It’s amazing how society’s standards change overtime gradually. I remember while in my teens a movie BLUE MOON was rated R because it used the word seduced. That is so mild compared to the blatant sexuality in today PG-13 movies or even news reports on TV that are broadcasted into our homes. Should there be standards or rules? I guess it all depends on what your goal is in raising children to be responsible citizens or wild reckless rebels with no standards. I know which society I’d rather live in.
What is a standard? The Encarta Encyclopedia says…A level of quality or excellence attained by somebody or something that is accepted as the norm. Then the question comes…what is the NORM? It probably depends on the community or country where you reside as what is acceptable or not plus the family standards you accept and teach.
Then there is the issue of acceptable language in public, especially with the name of deity. Some individuals relish profanity in language as freedom of expression. I have had several conversations with people whose verbal communication has offended me. I’ve tried to point out how their use of certain words affected me. All that I’ve spoken to were respectful and after my explanation have modified their expressions while in my presence. I certainly appreciate that sensitivity. At first, I thought others would be offended, but for most people swearing is just an automatic habit they’ve picked up from friends or family.
The current equal rights battle is a PUZZLEMENT. Even our Supreme Court isn’t clear on what is true or fair. Yes, no one should be judged by their choice of life style, but do we want to teach that alternate partnerships are acceptable and normal for our society? At the current time it is causing a huge divide among those advocating an alternative life style, and those wanting to preserve traditional marriage. I can see both sides’ views, but it seems to me what is missing is the child’s viewpoint. The confusion in his/her mind depending on their family background: being raised within a traditional marriage or in a same sex partnership.