Editorial · essay · Opinion

Morals: The Lost Treasure

Note: Yayyyy!!! This is my first post after all the revisions I made. Clean slate blog no more.

2nd note: This essay is purely my opinion and I don’t intend to offend anyone.

AS WE TAKE a leap into the 21st century, our generation enjoys the perks the new millennium brings. Everything that must have been seemingly unsightly five decades ago becomes socially acceptable these days. Nobody cares how they shall be perceived anymore. Besides, it’s the norm. Maybe it’s because of the new era or people really must have forgotten about their morals.

What are morals anyway?

According to Merriam-Webster Dictionary, it can be defined as “relating to, dealing with, or capable of making the distinction between, right and wrong in conduct.”

Everything nowadays seems advancing with the exception of morality. It’s easy to get swept away by this wave of society who barely cares about godly and moral character anymore.

For instance, in school, copying one’s homework/test has been a mainstream habit of students these days. Since when has been cheating legal? When did works of dishonesty become allowed? What ever happened to integrity? This has been part of good conduct but when a student stands up for what is right and refuse to share his/her notes he/she would be called selfish, prude and any other terms of the like. I am not saying that this happens in all schools but I’m stating a fact that this happens in majority of them.

Another example that happens between teenagers would be bad peer pressure. If you are a teen and you’re being persuaded into the things I’ll mention, you’ve got to think twice about your so-called friends. “Living a little” is not the definition of having drugs, taking in alcohol whilst underage, sneaking out to parties, ditching school and most of all, pre-marital sex. Another thing I simply cannot fathom is cursing/swearing/cussing more often than needed. Sure, it can be really helpful in proving a point but it has become stereotypical that it may be even more understood than important vocabulary words.

At home, a lot of teenagers these days seem to have an attitude towards their parents and elders. Majority of the teens argue a lot with their parents over the pettiest things instead of discussing it carefully like what Homo sapiens should do. The argument often heats up and harsh words are being thrown to and fro even when they don’t mean it. What ever happened to respect?

I am a teenager, myself. I am not perfect. I’m far from it. What I may have that majority of kids doesn’t is the knowledge about values. I know that it should still be present in us no matter what happens. We should maintain the right attitude and behaviour no matter how messed up is the world we live in. By reading this, you should’ve called me uptight by then. However, I am stating a point and I need to continue this no matter how much criticism I’ll get.

One in ten young Filipino women age 15-19 has begun childbearing: 8% are already mothers and another 2% are pregnant with their first child according to the results of the 2013 National Demographic and Health Survey (NDHS).

“Marriage is honourable in all, and the bed undefiled: but whoremongers and adulterers God will judge”
-Hebrew 13:4

This is one of the Bible quotations which correlate to the marriage before sex topic. However, there is a tragic fact it has long been forgotten.

Media has been one of main influences in this society. Movies, television, and music have increasingly become culverts of self-indulgence, where every kind of immorality and violence is accepted, even glamourized, and they don’t care about the toxic result it could store in the minds and souls of young people — the industry consciously invest millions to convince kids to fish in the toilet bowl called “entertainment.”

Different case scenarios are promoted on television and the internet and in movies, books, magazines, and other communications media. In television, you can see friends who back stab each other, couples who are having third-parties and even sexuality. Same goes for movies. Books feature some ‘bad boy’ who takes drugs and alcohol, fights in an underground boxing match, participates in brawls more often than the number of meals in a day, and guess what? That’s okay. I even stumbled upon this book with detailed erotic scenes and I immediately turned it down but then other people my age seem to have enjoyed it.

I don’t condemn people reading these genres. However, we must have self-control. Learn to know what we must apply in real life and what we must not. It’s all about self-control. Young people are generally curious they tend to think it’s cool and awesome. These examples are what they see and it’s the norm.

Here we go again with the norm. Is the norm really appropriate? Or do we really just follow the norm in order to fit in? What happened to the humans having the notion of what is ‘right’ and what is ‘wrong’? I believe it is not completely dissolved.

“Only a moral and virtuous people are capable of freedom. The more corrupt and vicious a society becomes, the more it has need of masters.” -Benjamin Franklin

The previous quotation was made by my favourite scientist/politician. I figure I would like to share it with you.

As a Christian, I also would like to share the life Jesus has lived. We’ll find all the characteristics of godliness listed in Him. Jesus showed us how we should live and act. He lived a godly life and set the example for us to follow. It is never too late for a good change. With the sudden rise of the state of our living in the 21st century, let us bring our morals with it.

To end this essay/rant of my 16 year-old self, I have a metaphor for you: Morals are lost treasures we can find in this map of ourselves where the X mark leads to our chest.  Why the chest, you ask? Figuratively and symbolically, we just have to dig deep to find them.



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