What Are American Values These Days?

The Republican strategist and the Democratic pollster reflect on which core beliefs are still central to our lives.

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Penn: My hope this July 4th is that we focus as Americans on reviving our sport values — values that have made us great and can rekindle our optimism for the future as they have done many times before. From Jesse Owens’s victories in the 1936 Berlin Olympics to the “Miracle on Ice” in Lake Placid in 1980, great athletic events have crystalized our faith in the country.

These days, sports are marred by scandals that go far beyond cheating, and it seems that every feel-good sports moment has its nefarious counterpart. Sports have always represented American values of fair competition, community, hard work, and the American Dream. But Americans believe our values are in decline, and while this is most clearly attributed to a lack of faith in political and economic institutions, perhaps our athletic institutions best demonstrate why we as a nation have become pessimistic about our values.

To take one example, in the same study, Americans found the use of performance enhancing drugs by athletes to be the least morally acceptable behavior in a list that included prostitution, underage drinking, human cloning, and illegal drug use. Every time a scandal hits the sports world, it shakes our trust in our athletic institutions and people who are seen as role models, especially by the Millennial generation. According to the values poll, 45% of Americans age 18–29 say that celebrities and professional athletes have a fair amount or a great deal of influence on developing their beliefs of right and wrong. This is higher than the 42% of the same group who say the same of political leaders, and only slightly lower than the 51% who say that religious leaders have the same amount of influence on their values. We need to hold athletes (as well as other public figures) to a higher moral standard if we are to reverse the pessimism and restore faith in values that American sports have in the past, and can once again, embody. The Olympics will provide our athletes a new opportunity to shine and rise above it all in our best tradition.

(MORE: Olympics News, Photos and Videos)

Hughes: In a fascinating survey of American values that Mark Penn conducted for The Atlantic/Aspen Institute, one stands out: Americans’ steadfast belief in the existence of God. Eighty-nine percent — almost nine in ten Americans — answered yes when asked the straightforward question: Do you believe in God? And while that number is down from the 96% who responded affirmatively to a Gallup Poll in 1944, it is by far the strongest affirmation of any value in the entire survey.

The question highlighted some partisan and generational differences, with 92% of Republicans, 88% of Democrats, 84% of Independents, and 81% of younger voters ages 18–29 answering yes. Yet no matter how you slice or dice the numbers, our shared belief in an Almighty God remains a value that unites most Americans this Fourth of July holiday — even during these pessimistic and anxious times.

Faith in God was central to the framers of America’s Declaration of Independence, which claimed rights for all men because those rights had been “endowed by our Creator.” All people are equal and equally valuable — not because of a political or moral judgment, but because God created us that way.

(MORE: Have We Evolved To Be Religious?)

That core American belief in God acknowledges a higher purpose to the universe, an important recognition that our life is not just all about us. As Scripture counsels, the “fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom (Proverbs 9:10).” And the core beliefs shared by God-fearing people of many different faiths spring from that understanding: we have a moral responsibility to care for ourselves and each other; it is wrong to murder, steal, lie or commit adultery; we should honor our parents and love God and our neighbors.

Yet the survey also contains warning signs about how Americans act on our stated foundational belief.  When asked what values are most important in their lives, Americans place “family values” first with 41 percent and vague “moral values” second at 31%, with religious values trailing in a distant third at 17%. Only 48% of Americans today say religion is “very important” in their own life, compared to 75% in 1952. This question shows big generational differences, with majorities of those over age 45 saying religion is “very important,” while only a third of Americans age 18–29 say religion is very important to them. And while 37% of Americans attend religious services almost every week, almost half — 49% — say they do so seldom or never.

(MORE: Why We’re Still Catholics)

This survey is a wake-up call for America’s churches, synagogues, mosques — and for Sunday school teachers like me — to make our teaching more relevant, to turn our shared national faith in God into action that makes a difference in all of our lives.

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Firozali A.Mulla
Firozali A.Mulla

Since our conversation, I’ have thought a lot

about this topic. So often when we talk about confidence, especially as life

coaches, it’s in the context of achieving big things. Having the confidence to

make our goals come to fruition. The confidence to give the big speech.  The confidence to start a new job. The

confidence to make big, sweeping changes. But every day there are situations

where our confidence level comes into play, and while taken separately they may

seem inconsequential, they are building upon one another to create our quality

of life. Perhaps nothing shows the pointed contrast to a confident phase of

life quite like the acclaimed series Girls on HBO. I consumed the entire season

in a marathon weekend recently, and while its creator Lena Dunham is gifted, I

came away relieved the floundering 20s is in my rear-view mirror. Back then I

may have thought of confidence along the lines of bravado and ‘I deserve’ as

opposed to ‘I bring value’ or ‘I’m resilient and open’ or ‘I have no fear of

speaking up and being wrong.’ Think about how great an impact this can have

daily. Examples abound. Last week I was doing a one-hour coaching consultation

on the phone. The potential client informed me that she’s talking to several

coaches, not just me. I told her that’s a good idea and I meant it. I didn’t

change my behaviour or style in any way because there was competition.

Experience tells me we’re either a good fit or we’re not. There’s either

coach-client chemistry or there’s not. She hires me or she doesn’t. When I

started coaching a decade ago, I confess to not having near the confidence

around it that I do now. How often does a beginner come out of the gate with

that kind of confidence? Now, ever present, I can coach cold, on the fly, by

instinct. But that doesn’t mean I’m the right coach for everyone. We can all

apply that somewhere in our lives. That area where we can do things by rote

because we have them down. In fact, we’re so confident we can break from rote

and adjust where needed. Rote can make us confident, but deviating from rote

takes it to another level. The singer who plays with the lyrics of the classic

a bit.  The author who reads the last

chapter of her novel at a reading. It’s mastery gone a little wild. There was

another moment recently where I thought about the role confidence plays in the

everyday. I was having a phone conversation with a friend who prides himself on

being a good listener. To him that means listening silently when I speak, so

silently I periodically wonder if we’ve been disconnected. If I ask if he’s

still there, I typically get a quizzical, “Yes, I’m listening” in response. But

when I’m done speaking, I frequently feel like he listened, but didn’t hear me. Instead of feeding me back as I’m

talking, it’s like he’s letting me talk and waiting for his turn to speak. He

often gives his opinion on the topic without in any way acknowledging what he

just heard from me. While I applaud his ability to be still and let me speak

freely, he could take his skill to another realm by confidently repeating back

what he thinks I said before proceeding with his take. Confidence, again. I

come across an awful lot of accomplished people who want to express themselves

through art of some kind and lack the confidence to do so. A few years ago when

I was teaching an adult end creative writing class at the local high school, I

would give my students a prompt and tell them to write on that given subject

for five minutes. Always there were one or two individuals whose pen didn’t

move. They were frozen. Confident in career, but not in creative expression.

Look, I can write about a blade of grass. It will either be good writing or

not. I don’t expect it to be literary. It’s about building a muscle. Maybe it

leads to something coherent, maybe not. This is where I wanted the students to

go. That place where confidence grows because they’re writing more. A lot more.

Each word, sentence, paragraph isn’t overly important when you’re writing

regularly. Each idea doesn’t have to be a jewel or etched into stone like a

commandment. This applies to countless areas of our lives. The confidence of

being able to run one mile and stretch it to two and then three. Learning a

language where we go from conjugating verbs to expressing thoughts, confidently

communicating with the natives. I can confidently get on a dance floor. I can’t

confidently get on a softball field. It takes confidence to state both of those

facts. Confidence is not some buzzword. If you don’t have it, recognize that

it’s worth cultivating. Read. Learn. Meditate. Find a church. Leave a church.

Work hard. See a therapist. Whatever it takes. Confidence allows us to be

present and vibrant and it ripples into everything. It just does. I thank you

Firozali A.Mulla DBA

 

 

 

 

Firozali A.Mulla
Firozali A.Mulla

Those

who plan now plan for 2020. That is mathematics at the best.  Yesterday,

the Commerce Minister unveiled the Long-Term Export-Import Policy for 2022-27,

to coincide with the 14th Five-Year Plan (2022-27). As was indicated in the

Annual Report for 2020-21, several organisations, Directorate General of Foreign

Trade, Directorate General of Supplies amp; Disposals, Directorate General of

Anti-Dumping and Allied Duties, Directorate General of Commercial Intelligence

and Statistics, Development Commissioner for SEZs and the Boards

(of coffee, rubber, tea, tobacco, spices) and Export Development Authorities

(marine, agriculture) have now been wound up. This follows the

recommendations of the high-powered panel, which submitted its report in 2017.

Because of coalition, some amendments and repeal of relevant legislation are

still stuck in Parliament. DGCIS was unable to reconcile its export/import data

with the Reserve Banks and the data task has been outsourced to CMIE. With GST

implemented in 2018 and complete registration of exporters, export incentives

are only via the advance licensing route. DGAD has moved to the Finance

Ministry and SEZs have been declared illegal by the Supreme Court under Article 14 of the

Constitution. Therefore, the Department of Commerce only has a trade policy

division now, divided separately into multilateral agreements, regional

agreements, sub regional agreements and bilateral agreements. Negotiations

on the Doha Development Agenda were completed in

2019 and agreements will come into effect in 2029. SAFTA is stuck, because

Pakistan has not yet been able to resolve the most-favoured nation issue.

Meanwhile, Comprehensive Economic Cooperation Agreements have separately been

signed with ASEAN, Japan, South Korea and China. The agreement with South

Korea will have to be revisited once Korean re-unification happens. Separate

sub-regional economic integration agreements have been signed with Sri Lanka

and Maldives, and Bhutan, Nepal, Myanmar and Bangladesh. Following the

agreement with China, trade figures are being reported in three currencies - US

dollar, Indian rupee and Chinese yuan. Merchandise exports were $1.2 trillion

in 2021-22 and are projected to grow by 20% during the long-term export policy

period. I thank you Firozali A.Mulla DBA

Firozali A.Mulla
Firozali A.Mulla

On

person I admire and will keep admiring is the Steve Forbes. What has he not

given us is the question I could like to ask? He has given the wisdom, the

daily superb encouraging quotes and life at least I will say my life .The Hera Research Newsletter is pleased to present

an incredibly powerful interview with Steve Forbes, Chairman and

Editor-in-Chief of Forbes Media.  The company’s flagship

publication, Forbes, is the leading business

magazine.  Combined with international and licensee editions, Forbes reaches more than 6

million readers worldwide.  The Forbes.com website is a leading

destination for senior business decision-makers and investors with more than 30

million unique visitors per month. Born July 18, 1947, in

Morristown, New Jersey, Mr Forbes graduated cum laude in 1966 from Brooks

School in North Andover, Massachusetts.  He received a B.A. in history

from Princeton in 1970.  A widely respected economic prognosticator, he is

the only writer to have won the highly prestigious Crystal Owl Award, which was

given to the financial journalist whose economic forecasts for the coming year

proved most accurate, four times. In 1985 President Reagan named Mr. Forbes

Chairman of the bi-partisan Board for International Broadcasting

("BIB").  In this position he oversaw the operation of Radio

Free Europe and Radio Liberty.  Broadcasting behind the Iron Curtain,

Radio Free Europe and Radio Liberty were praised by Poland’s Lech Walesa as

being critical to the struggle against Communism.  Mr Forbes was

reappointed to his post by President George H. W. Bush and served until 1993.

In both 1996 and 2000 Mr Forbes campaigned vigorously for the Republican

nomination for the presidency of the Unites States.  Key to his platform

were a flat tax, medical savings accounts, a new Social Security system for

working Americans, parental choice of schools for their children, term limits

and a strong national defence.  Mr Forbes continues to energetically

promote this agenda. This small piece I have taken from the a magazine and I

thank all. These are the movers and

shakers. The European

Central Bank is almost out of conventional policy options and

will have to turn to measures it finds deeply unpalatable if the Eurozone

crisis intensifies, or watch the bloc slide towards the abyss. By cutting

its main interest rate by a 1/4 point to a record low 0.75 percent on Thursday

and reducing the rate it pays on overnight deposits to zero, the ECB has almost

exhausted its normal ammunition. Beyond that are only options it

dislikes. Some economists expect another cut in the main interest rate to

0.5 percent but after that the ECB must essentially employ its balance sheet to

help the Eurozone economy. That means buying government bonds - an option

opposed by Germany's Bundesbank, the ECB's biggest stakeholder - or else

offering more cheap loans and exposing the bank to risks that many of its

policymakers already find worryingly high. "It is very uncomfortable

for markets knowing there is a risk there is no more they can do if data

deteriorates in the next couple of months," said Nomura economist Jens

Sondergaard. He expected the ECB to cut its main interest rate once more -

by another 1/4 point - in August and then hope the Eurozone economy would pick

up Failing that, the ECB could revive its bond-buying programme, which

Sondergaard said was "the option that is not acceptable to them at this

stage but which might be in the fourth quarter if financial market conditions

are bad". towards the end of the year. Last week's EU summit measures

to tackle the Eurozone crisis failed to impress markets, and some economists

believe the bloc still faces an existential threat. Nouriel Roubini, once

known as "Dr. Doom" for bearish views predicting the 2008 financial

crash, told Germany's Handelsblatt on Friday he would give the euro another

three to six months: "Then Italy and Spain will lose access to capital

markets." The Eurozone’s permanent rescue fund, about to come

on-stream, can intervene in the bond market to lower borrowing costs but with

maximum funds of 500 billion euros, and up to 100 billion of that already

earmarked for Spanish banks, its resources could run thin very quickly. ECB

President Mario Draghi held out the possibility on Thursday that the bank could

employ its balance sheet to greater effect, saying it needed to review its

collateral framework. Such a move could see the ECB further loosen rules

on the assets banks offer up to tap its loans, giving them greater access to

cheap funding. If it baulks at buying bonds the ECB could also repeat its

long-term liquidity offer. In December and February it unleashed over 1

trillion euros ($1.24 trillion) into the financial system with 3-year loans, or

LTROs, a move it said prevented a major credit crunch. Some policymakers

already have concerns about the collateral risks the ECB has taken onto its

balance sheet in return for issuing those LTROs, and Draghi said the Governing

Council did not discuss any other such "non-standard measures" on

Thursday. I thank you Firozali A.Mulla DBA

Talendria
Talendria

If believing in God means "we have a moral responsibility to care for ourselves and each other" and 92% of Republicans believe in God, why are Republicans opposed to taxes, health care, and entitlement programs?

ababaa1234
ababaa1234

Arrogant power, resistance to change and a sense of universal entitlement.  Those are the American values I see gaining ground.  Disdain for government, orderly resolution of disputes and the judicial system are strongly trending.  Making Atheism the State religion seems like idea with significant support.

Leftcoastrocky
Leftcoastrocky

Love thy neighbor as thy self is a value which I believe in -- and hopefully all who believe in God do.

freeeyourmind
freeeyourmind

I, and our founding father (G. Washington) both believed this is crap LeftCoast!

I don't need religion (or the fear of God) to know the wisdom (and that is HUMAN wisdom by the way) of the Golden Rule.  It was around a long time before any copy of the current bible re-used the concept.  Perhaps we need to stop focusing on spirituality and just try practicing a little more HUMANITY! 

Grolan
Grolan

Answer to headline question:  Money, and Celebrity.  Americans have no deeper values.   Penn dwells on sports, Hughes confuses organized religion (a plague on the earth) with genuine spirituality.  Both parts of the article are flawed.  Look at the simplistic question: "Do you believe in God?"  Hughes accepts a simplistic answer. I say, define "God", and then I'll answer, because my conception of God is likely different than hers.  But then, Karen Hughes was never a deep thinker.  I recall an article introducing Americans to the people around Bush in the early days of his administration, and Hughes was said to be suspicious of people who "read books".   Now there's a shock.

Choir Loft
Choir Loft

THE  BIBLE says that even satan believes in God.  How is that a plus for Americans? 

We invade nations that haven't attacked us and commit war crimes with impunity.  If you kill an innocent man at home you're a criminal, but its ok to do that abroad if you're in uniform.   How is that honoring God?  Even the most casual non-believer and non-American can see the hypocrisy in that!  Saluting the flag every time it goes by won't make the US a better country, but it will satisfy empty pride.

Sports is viewed as the gateway to riches, the gold ring that many young athletes are encouraged to grasp.   Sports is the second great spectator pastime, religion being the first.    You're considered to be part of the action if only you sit, watch and cheer from time to time.    Will it really do you any good?   

Watching religion go by from your silent place in a pew will not earn you a 'Get Out Of Hell Free' card any more than consuming beer and chips during a football game will keep you out of the hospital heart attack unit.

American values today have nothing to do with God or the good of the country. Anybody who believes that is dreaming.

but that's just me, hollering from the choir loft...

blackhat
blackhat

Believing in GOD is not accepting of what HE deems as required. Morals are at an all time low, because of the trickster (jester) himself. Many in prominent places deem it necessary to diminish morals to justify their own actions. It is nothing new. The jester has been playing this game since the invention of lighting. We are not ashamed, which is the greatest benchmark. 

kclightman
kclightman

A belief in a deity is not a 'value'. The poll comes back with 96% saying they believe that, but those 96% of people run a huge spectrum of behavior that reflect different actual values and produce different behaviors, criminal and civil, harsh and kind, self-absorbed and generous. So that belief tells us nothing, since it can predict nothing and explain nothing.

The reason is, everyone holds this belief in a different light. Some would say that 'winning souls for the LORD' is a value, and others would take that same belief and interpret it as a calling for charitable works and random acts of kindness.

Ditto with 'family values'. What ARE 'family values'? I guarantee my family values are not the same family values as the people next door. In some families it's control and patricarchy, and in some the focus is on education, and some tolerance and understanding, some self-discipline and indenpendence  (not that any of these are not compatible with each other, but I'm speaking of a primary focus).

In some families there is widespread abuse and that is also a 'value'. Some families value cranking out as many kids as you can, and some value having fewer to give each more resources for success.  So does 'family' values mean both parents work to support the family financially, or does it mean one of them stays home to nurture it in other ways?

These terms need to be very precisely defined in order to tell us anything. Otherwise it's just noise blowing around with no meaning, and everyone can believe the numbers say anything they want.

armynod
armynod

Come on now.  It's money plain and simple.  Churches only want money.  By promising things that they can never deliver they are able to fleece their congregation like a herd of sheep.

Namec Nassianer
Namec Nassianer

"The Republican strategist and the Democratic pollster reflect on which core beliefs are still central to our lives."

If the above is the deepest analysis of values that both political parties can come up with... it is no wonder they are so screwed up.

Jose
Jose

WHAT I VALUE ??   IS NOT IN AMERICA ANY MORE..

WHAT I VALUE ? FIGHTING TO SAVE THE JOBS THAT WE HAVE FOR AMERICANS ONLY.

ENDING ALL LEGAL IMMIGRATION.

DEPORTING ALL THE ILLEGALS.

ENFORCING OUR IMMIGRATION LAWS.

OBAMA WANTS AMNESTY FOR  20  MILLION ILLEGALS, WHAT MESSAGE DOES THAT SEND TO UNEMPLOYED AMERICANS ??????? IT MAKES THEM ANGRY AS HELL.

WHAT I VALUE ? IS GONE.

Chinga_Tu_Madre
Chinga_Tu_Madre

You value anger, therefore you're lonely and desperate.

Justice!

Jose
Jose

WHAT I VALUE AS AN AMERICAN IS BEING TAKING AWAY BY FOREIGNERS---ILLEGALS----MEXICANS.... JOBS FOR AMERICAN KIDS..

I VALUE A SECURE BORDER, BUT  DEMOCRATS REFUSE TO SECURE THE MEXICO BORDER..

A VALUE  THE IMMIGRATION LAWS BEING ENFORCE, BUT THAT IS NOT HAPPENING.

Leftcoastrocky
Leftcoastrocky

Obama has done a far better job at securing the border than Bush ever did.

Chinga_Tu_Madre
Chinga_Tu_Madre

American "values" you say? Here it is: 

We're fat, greedy, ignorant, selfish, obnoxiously patriotic, obsessively petty, superficial, shallow, dangerously irrational, lazy, narrow-minded, and we celebrate eating as a professional sport.

We deserve everything bad because of who we are and what we permit the government to do in our name.

Jose
Jose

 A MEXICAN FOR YOU. INSULTING AMERICANS. LIKE I BEEN SAYING, MEXICANS HATE WHITE PEOPLE AND THEY DON'T FEEL BAD ABOUT STEALING OUR JOBS---AND FREE SERVICES..

THEY COME HERE TO STEAL AND TO TAKE .

Chinga_Tu_Madre
Chinga_Tu_Madre

I know! Ain't it AWESOME!

White folks have been stealing for so long that justice has finally made an appearance!! There are more Mexican babies born in the U.S than any other racial demographic. Watch how this will play out in the next generation, and there's no reversing the trend.

Wah ha ha ha...

Mickey
Mickey

"That core American belief in God acknowledges a higher purpose to the

universe, an important recognition that our life is not just all about

us."   Then there must be virtually no one who takes religion seriously.  The motto on our coins should be changed from "E Pluribus Unum" to "Me! Me! Me First!"

Troncoejobo
Troncoejobo

The articles about American values and God's intervention in its national creation are the strongest evidence of your nationally manipulated information.  To begin with, if there was a God, would he have 9 million Indians killed so that the USA could be established?  Would he have your economy basically developed upon the work and liives of thousands of African slaves?  Would he have allowed you to have over 40 million Afros without health care?  And if your nation was "founded" on the premise that God told you that all men are created equal, why is it that you still invade nd subject countries like Puerto Rico to the shameful colonial state? And not to mention the dozens of bombings and killings the USA has inflicted upon the World, including the fact that it has over 200 military bases in foreign countries.  Wake up and stop lying to yourselves, either God had nothing to do with you or he does not exist; you are the best example. 

Joey_KoolDank
Joey_KoolDank

I agree with the writers in that traditionally since the Puritans landed the New World, faith in God and diligence and honesty and equality have been cherished as values to American people. Like McDonald hamburgers and Coka Cola, American values, particularly, the belief in God the Almighty has spread across much of the the world, especially the underdeveloped countries in Asia, Africa and Latin America. Even though China is fiercely vying for the World's first place with the U.S., I firmly believe that the former can't catch up with the latter, because the Chinese don't have such strong basic ethical standards as their North American puritanical counterparts. America has been and will remain the strongest and greatest nation so long as their values do not continue to decline.

Joey_KoolDank
Joey_KoolDank

I agree with the writers in that traditionally since the Puritans landed the New World, faith in God and diligence and honesty and equality have been cherished as values to American people. Like McDonald hamburgers and Coka Cola, American values, particularly, the belief in God the Almighty has spread across much of the the world, especially the underdeveloped countries in Asia, Africa and Latin America. Even though China is fiercely vying for the World's first place with the U.S., I firmly believe that the former can't catch up with the latter, because the Chinese don't have such strong basic ethical standards as their North American puritanical counterparts. America has been and will remain the strongest and greatest nation so long as their values do not continue to decline.

Joey_KoolDank
Joey_KoolDank

I agree with the writers in that traditionally since the Puritans landed the New World, faith in God and diligence and honesty and equality have been cherished as values to American people. Like McDonald hamburgers and Coka Cola, American values, particularly, the belief in God the Almighty has spread across much of the the world, especially the underdeveloped countries in Asia, Africa and Latin America. Even though China is fiercely vying for the World's first place with the U.S., I firmly believe that the former can't catch up with the latter, because the Chinese don't have such strong basic ethical standards as their North American puritanical counterparts. America has been and will remain the strongest and greatest nation so long as their values do not continue to decline.

Joey_KoolDank
Joey_KoolDank

I agree with the writers in that traditionally since the Puritans landed the New World, faith in God and diligence and honesty and equality have been cherished as values to American people. Like McDonald hamburgers and Coka Cola, American values, particularly, the belief in God the Almighty has spread across much of the the world, especially the underdeveloped countries in Asia, Africa and Latin America. Even though China is fiercely vying for the World's first place with the U.S., I firmly believe that the former can't catch up with the latter, because the Chinese don't have such strong basic ethical standards as their North American puritanical counterparts. America has been and will remain the strongest and greatest nation so long as their values do not continue to decline.

Greg Raelson
Greg Raelson

Or even better:

First Commandment: Do not do to others what you would not want them to do to you.

Second Commandment: In all things, strive to cause no harm.

Third Commandment: Treat your fellow human beings, your fellow living things, and the world in general with love, honesty, faithfulness and respect.

Fourth Commandment: Do not overlook evil or shrink from administering justice, but always be ready to forgive wrongdoing freely admitted and honestly regretted.

Fifth Commandment: Live life with a sense of joy and wonder.

Sixth Commandment: Always seek to be learning something new.

Seventh Commandment: Test all things; always check your ideas against the facts, and be ready to discard even a cherished belief if it does not conform to them.

Eighth Commandment: Never seek to censor or cut yourself off from dissent; always respect the right of others to disagree with you.

Ninth Commandment: Form independent opinions on the basis of your own reason and experience; do not allow yourself to be led blindly by others.

Tenth Commandment: Question everything.

Joey_KoolDank
Joey_KoolDank

I agree with the writers in that traditionally since the Puritans landed the New World, faith in God and diligence and honesty and equality have been cherished as values to American people. Like McDonald hamburgers and Coka Cola, American values, particularly, the belief in God the Almighty has spread across much of the the world, especially the underdeveloped countries in Asia, Africa and Latin America. Even though China is fiercely vying for the World's first place with the U.S., I firmly believe that the former can't catch up with the latter, because the Chinese don't have such strong basic ethical standards as their North American puritanical counterparts. America has been and will remain the strongest and greatest nation so long as their values do not continue to decline.

Joey_KoolDank
Joey_KoolDank

I agree with the writers in that traditionally since the Puritans landed the New World, faith in God and diligence and honesty and equality have been cherished as values to American people. Like McDonald hamburgers and Coka Cola, American values, particularly, the belief in God the Almighty has spread across much of the the world, especially the underdeveloped countries in Asia, Africa and Latin America. Even though China is fiercely vying for the World's first place with the U.S., I firmly believe that the former can't catch up with the latter, because the Chinese don't have such strong basic ethical standards as their North American puritanical counterparts. America has been and will remain the strongest and greatest nation so long as their values do not continue to decline.

Greg Raelson
Greg Raelson

Seriously? Our values tied to belief in "god" or "church attendance".  Ridiculous.  Comare these to the biblical 10 commandments and you tell me which you think are more ethical and moral?

 

The Ten Commandments (as they SHOULD be):

 

1- Proclaim the natural dignity and inherent worth of all human beings.2- Respect the life and property of others.3- Practice tolerance and open-mindedness towards the choices and life styles of others.4- Share with those who are less fortunate and mutually assist those who are in need of help. 5- Use neither lies, nor spiritual doctrine, nor temporal power to dominate and exploit others.6- Rely on reason, logic and science to understand the Universe and to solve life's problems.7- Conserve and improve the Earth's natural environment—land, soil, water, air and space—as humankind's common heritage.8- Resolve differences and conflicts cooperatively without resorting to violence or to wars.9- Organize public affairs according to individual freedom and responsibility, through political and economic democracy.10- Develop one's intelligence and talents through education and effort.

guillermmmooo
guillermmmooo

 In  order to set some of the rules and standards like "resolving

differences and conflicts" , what truth will you base your stance on? If

you say "science and reason" I would say that "science is always

changing." We can't base the foundation these commandments on something

that's changing. If I am the opposition what would make your view

correct and mine incorrect? "Reason and Logic" might be your answer, but when it all boils down to it why would you be correct and I not correct.

My argument is to explain why we need to base these rules on a truth, a

Truth that is the same yesterday, today and forever. This doesn't even

explain why would should follow Jesus. Why Jesus is worthy of all

praise. Why we should submit to His authority. You are probably reading

this saying, "look at this religious nut", haha and thats ok. Two years

ago I would have said the same thing. Whether you believe in Him or not

Jesus loves you, cares about you, and died for you so that you could

live. I love you, brother. Without love we've missed it.

guillermmmooo
guillermmmooo

In  order to set some of the rules and standards like "resolving differences and conflicts" , what truth will you base your stance on? If you say "science and reason" I would say that "science is always changing." We can't base the foundation these commandments on something that's changing. If I am the opposition what would make your view correct and mine incorrect? "Reason and Logic" might be your answer, but when it all boils down to it why would you be correct and I not correct. My argument is to explain why we need to base these rules on a truth, a Truth that is the same yesterday, today and forever. This doesn't even explain why would should follow Jesus. Why Jesus is worthy of all praise. Why we should submit to His authority. You are probably reading this saying, "look at this religious nut", haha and thats ok. Two years ago I would have said the same thing. Whether you believe in Him or not Jesus loves you, cares about you, and died for you so that you could live. I love you, brother. Without love we've missed it.

freeeyourmind
freeeyourmind

Your "truth" guillermmmooo, not mine.  Also, not the "truth" of MANY other Americans.  Your "truth" as you refer to it is based on religion, a human creation, not created out of scientific study and based on logic and reason, but rather based on a conglomerate of parables, poetry and very questionable "history" written by men who wished to promote their belief to others, the legitimacy of which is questioned by all of the other religious players who follow a different religion (also created by men and having no more or less basis in logic, reason and reality).  The U.S. was not created as a Christian Nation.  The father of our nation, George Washington, as well as one of the most pious of presidents, John Adams, developed (through the efforts of Washington) and signed (by Adams) the Treaty with the Bey and Subjects of Tripoli of Barbary stating in Article 11, "As the Government of the United States of America is not, in any sense, founded

on the Christian religion...".  I would have to say it is pretty clear that with other than a very little recognition of the "God of Nature" our most precious founding documents DO NOT indicate that the U.S. was founded to be a Christian Nation.  The "wall between church and state" is more crucial to us now than it ever has been.  I fear more than anything the tyrannical railings of any theocratic government (Iran is the current extremem example) and I certianly don;t want it in my home.  MY United States!  You are free to worship however you wish.  Our Constitution guarantees that.  Do not expect that I wish to live by the mythical musings that your religion definhes as OUR morals and values.  This is why the founding fathers kept religion out of our government.

JackiMaddie
JackiMaddie

LOL.  Where are American values?  Liberals don't allow us to have American values anymore.  Hello, where have you been?

Grolan
Grolan

 Ridiculous comment.  You check with liberals before deciding what your values are?  Can't think for yourself?  I sure as hell don't check with conservatives on what my values should be.  Why would I?  They're mostly repugnant.

Liber8Me
Liber8Me

 American values include those of both sides of the political spectrum.  That is what our country is all about.  Apparently, you never learned that, or are just plain ignorant of that fact.

Hollywooddeed
Hollywooddeed

 I know writing a clever comment is difficult for you, but try harder.

Supernevadasmith
Supernevadasmith

The America most people believe in is still a Utopian dream.If anyone read Howard Zinn's "Peoples History Of The United States",you would find this is a country founded on hypocrisy.That  All man are created equal,except Indians and Blacks. Family Values..if it is your own family.Almighty God..when He favors yourself.I like Bill Mahar's quote: "Religion is Ego disguised as humility". This Country needs to get off it's conceited provincial supposed "God Fearing" High Horse and practice some real Human Ethics. This Country has always put Mammon above God.

Bill Wilson
Bill Wilson

 You mean the same Bill Maher that call women..cunts..?

protank
protank

getting other peoples money and being qweer....Liberals

Rodboy
Rodboy

He did not escape he stated an opinion backed by 50,000 or so historical documents not contained Bible itself.  But who counts.