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Remember when good moral character was at least
contrived and manufactured by our celebrities via their P.R. people? If you
were an alcoholic for example you had the courtesy to unleash your
uncontrollable rage at home where it only affected your kids, but your fans were left to believe in your screen image.

 

That is before celebrities kids got cell-phones
with video capabilities in order to film the rampage and sell it to the rags
since celebrity kids have been taught all publicity is career enhancement, just
spell my name right.

 

That is what our personality/celebrity driven
society has decayed into. Drug addiction, believe it or not, didn’t used to be
considered an upside to ones career and being sent to rehab wasn’t a great
opportunity for a photo op or a reality show.

 

I miss the times when our celebrities were
expected to at least give a nod toward integrity by faking it. Can you believe
we actually lived in a time where celebrities who were having affairs hid it
from the public so as not to ruin their career?

 

That’s right, the public expected them to act
with morals and if you didn’t, you didn’t get to flaunt it, you were outta
work. Now celebrities are running out of options when it comes to manufacturing
illicit behavior in order to appear newsworthy.

 

They even make stuff up to garner press. Who
would have conceived there was untapped profit waiting for you just by becoming
gay for a few months? It works; ask Anne Heche or Lindsey Lohan!

 

Even more inconceivable was back in the day the
press kept sins hidden so as not to make money off of others indiscretion. Babe
Ruth was a womanizing philanderer and nobody said a word. Can you imagine the
mileage a newspaper or magazine would get out of breaking the truth behind
president John F.  Kennedy’s
dalliances? The dude went hunting dames and taxpayers subsidized it. No wonder post-modernists
still lionize him, virility passes for character in their relativistic world
and it’s the closest thing that has passed for testosterone by a liberal leader
in decades.

 

But the real issue to be analyzed is what is
more pathetic, that we used to hide our sins to create the illusion of moral
mores or the fact that not only do we now publish them, the public doesn’t even
give a crap. The reason we as a culture used to hide our sins was to create an
environment of cultural norms that as a society everyone expected to abide by.

 

People in the past were not less deviant than
people today but you had to pay a price for it, it was called shame. Shame
actually worked as a societal deterrent by not necessarily instigating
character but by reminding each of us what was expected of us.

 

Divorce used to be considered shameful and that alone could actually deter it. People
were forced to count the cost of their marriage decision and it actually made
them think twice before taking the easy way out and choosing not to honor their
vows.

 

Sadly political correctness instituted a no
shame policy when it came to sin so as not to make the sinner have to “feel
bad”. Of course the feeling bad was the whole point. Relativism of course
teaches that there are no bad decisions, just different ones.

 

The only thing one is made to feel bad about now
is if you make someone else feel bad.
Actually I can’t blame celebrities for behaving like children. Society has
lionized them and they in turn have made it clear they are “artists” and as
such owe the children that look up to them…nothing.

 

Dang I could of used this back when I was in
elementary school and smarted off to teachers. Obviously their anger toward me
was a clear case of antisocial-phobia, designed to stifle my creativity. I
wasn’t disruptive, or hyper or out of control; I was just practicing to become
a celebrity.

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