We need a course adjustment

Thoughts from Behind the Pressline

We’ve become addicted to a lifestyle we can’t afford financially or from a productivity stand point. Consider the long lines to buy the newest technology like the new iPad 3 launched last week. I doubt most of those in line didn’t already own an iPad 2 or iPhone but had to be one of the first to get the newest technology.

According to a recent survey, about 20 percent of the time we now spend in bed is spent in the company of an electronic devise. More than likely, much of that time is spent telling the world what we are doing, feeling and thinking, while reading and watching what others are thinking, doing and feeling minute by minute. I’ve nothing against social media, but where exactly is it leading us and what is it teaching us?

When you look at other social indicators like school grades, dropout rates, literacy issues, single parent households, divorce rates, the decline of religion, the proliferation of sex, the increase in violence, poverty, suicides among the young and drug usage in the U.S. now estimated to consume over 60 percent of the world’s drugs, doesn’t it seem clear that our nation has serious issues that are only getting worse? One of the major discussions going on today relates to the health coverage for women’s contraceptives. Not that many years ago, if you went and ask your parents to pay for your prophylactics, you would have been severely punished. Now we want society to pay for them as opposed to restraint and personal responsibility.

Those who came before us had it pretty tough compared to today’s standards. Much of their time was spent surviving, keeping a roof over their heads, clothes on their backs, searching for food or preparing their food. As the generations progressed and technology improved, those tasks were simplified. But will that simplification lead to a better society or to a society that goes the way of many other societies that came long before and lost their way? We know that the body requires good healthy food, regular exercise and discipline to avoid things like drugs, smoking, and alcohol in order to stay fit for life. Will our current behavior lead us down a path of continued indulgence or will we recognize that some changes need to be addressed soon before they become irreversible? I think we need to see the writing on the wall soon …very soon.

Dan Alexander is publisher and CEO of Denton Publications. He may be reached at dan@denpubs.com.

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