Incivility—a lack of respect, tolerance, and caring—is the most-cited reason Americans give for the poor state of moral values in the country. On Monday, we took a look at the moral state of our union. Then, on Tuesday, we discussed the most common reasons Americans cite for our sad state of morality. (And we also published the top half of this 1792 Thomas Paine cartoon.)
For more than 200 years, Americans have been debating the moral failings plaguing our culture. And, that discussion is not all hot air. You can, indeed, make a difference. By visiting OurValues.org, you take a positive step toward reducing our incivility—the No. 1 problem Americans are lifting up. These daily columns and your comments form an ongoing demonstration that civil dialogue is possible.
What’s next? Yesterday, we discussed issues high on the list of reasons for our sad state of moral values, relying on the new survey by Gallup. Now, what’s low on the list of reasons given?
Take a look at this list of 8 items and tell us which you think are low on that list …
Prochoice on abortion, women’s rights
The economy, lack of jobs
Drugs and alcohol
Lack of education
Crime and violence
Racism and discrimination
Poverty, lack of money, high cost of living
The Gallup results show: Each of these 8 reasons is cited by at most 2% of Americans. These are pressing issues, of course, but not the ones that are on the minds of Americans when they say the state of moral values is low.
Do you agree with this list?
Should any of these rate higher as forces eroding moral values?
What have these high and low lists missed?
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Originally published at www.OurValues.org, an experiment in civil dialogue about American values.