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    Sexual morality, family relationships, love, marriage, ...

    Ethics, terms and purposes in work, business, medical field ...

    The simple meanings of terms such as peace, life, beauty, liberty ...

    Perhaps as njtom said ... selfishness reigns like I have never seen before
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    You could have everyone in the USA suddenly become unselfish and things would not change. It will never change until man's heart relationship with God is right.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nikos View Post
    You could have everyone in the USA suddenly become unselfish and things would not change. It will never change until man's heart relationship with God is right.
    That sounds odd to me ...actually the first is not possible without the second IMHO

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    Quote Originally Posted by papabrett View Post
    Sexual morality, family relationships, love, marriage, ...

    Ethics, terms and purposes in work, business, medical field ...

    The simple meanings of terms such as peace, life, beauty, liberty ...

    Perhaps as njtom said ... selfishness reigns like I have never seen before
    According to the Bible there is nothing new under the sun. It's perspective is of course all ages and all places.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Quest View Post
    That sounds odd to me ...actually the first is not possible without the second IMHO
    Point: Even if it were possible, (hyperbole) it would not be the answer with out God changing the hearts of men and women.

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    Yup...there are lots of "giving, unselfish", new agers, atheists, etc......

    Quote Originally Posted by Nikos View Post
    Point: Even if it were possible, (hyperbole) it would not be the answer with out God changing the hearts of men and women.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nikos View Post
    You could have everyone in the USA suddenly become unselfish and things would not change. It will never change until man's heart relationship with God is right.
    No disagreement on that point.

    But a person can have a relationship with God and still be selfish, as God, in his infinite graciousness, seems to tolerate a great deal of sin. The deeper the relationship, the less selfishness would exist, so perhaps the problem is in the lack of depth of the relationship.

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    Here's an article that describes what I'm trying to get at:

    Although these seem like a random collection of current trends, all are rooted in a single underlying shift in the American psychology: the relentless rise of narcissism in our culture. Not only are there more narcissists than ever, but non-narcissistic people are seduced by the increasing emphasis on material wealth, physical appearance, celebrity worship, and attention seeking. Standards have shifted, sucking otherwise humble people into the vortex of granite countertops, tricked-out MySpace pages, and plastic surgery. A popular dance track repeats the words "money, success, fame, glamour" over and over, declaring that all other values have "either been discredited or destroyed."

    The United States is currently suffering from an epidemic of narcissism. Merriam-Webster's dictionary defines an epidemic as an affliction "affecting ... a disproportionately large number of individuals within a population," and narcissism more than fits the bill. In data from 37,000 college students, narcissistic personality traits rose just as fast as obesity from the 1980s to the present, with the shift especially pronounced for women.

    The rise in narcissism is accelerating, with scores rising faster in the 2000s than in previous decades. By 2006, 1 out of 4 college students agreed with the majority of the items on a standard measure of narcissistic traits. Narcissistic Personality Disorder (NPD), the more severe, clinically diagnosed version of the trait, is also far more common than once thought. Nearly 1 out of 10 of Americans in their twenties, and 1 out of 16 of those of all ages, has experienced the symptoms of NPD. Even these shocking numbers are just the tip of the iceberg; lurking underneath is the narcissistic culture that has drawn in many more. The narcissism epidemic has spread to the culture as a whole, affecting both narcissistic and less self-centered people. -- http://www.today.com/popculture/me-m...mic-2D80555351

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    Good question. I also found it interesting that most saw a spiritual/moral problem. I agree with all of you, but I think there is one that has been overlooked, division. We are a nation divided, and no nation (or house) can stand divided.

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    Quote Originally Posted by scottae316 View Post
    Good question. I also found it interesting that most saw a spiritual/moral problem. I agree with all of you, but I think there is one that has been overlooked, division. We are a nation divided, and no nation (or house) can stand divided.
    Another great point. Yes, we are extremely divided, probably the most divided since the 1860's. We have the red/blue divide, the 1%/99% divide, the black/white divide, and many others. And under our system of government, which requires many hurdles to be overcome in order to get anything done or undone, these divisions result in endless bickering and quagmire. I sometimes wonder if we're grown too large and too disparate.

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