A nation void of virtue cannot maintain a civil society and last very long.
History is littered with nations that have faded away through lack of virtue. Either our citizens right their nation on a stronger virtuous path or it will disappear entirely into the abyss.
Virtue is defined as one having a behavior of high moral standards.
Lack of personal virtue is an indicator of moral decline of an individual and in America’s case it has been on a national decline for a very long time.
In the case of our country our decline stems from our society as a whole, where one preys on another to their individual benefit be it a crime or otherwise. However, our loss of virtue can be turned around; it just takes people willing to make the choice.
Socrates…”virtue is not given by money, but that from virtue come money and every other good of man, public as well as private.”
As to individual greed and envy which includes what one has that the other does not, we find people who seek to gain or hold political power offering “giveaways” for votes by taking from others for others, which further perpetuates the greed of individuals that have less.
The further America slides away from virtue, the worse it shall become for Americans, until a boiling point is met where all good sense collapses, smothered over by people who choose to have no virtue at all.
This will be the ultimate end of our “great American experiment” where the people, who were set to be the ultimate sovereign over a government fails.
The only way out of our demise is by returning to a more virtuous nation and by stronger stable families that teach their young morals, there is no other way.
On the surface if anyone has being paying attention within American society, it appears we may already be at a tipping point of no return and sooner or later it may signal the end of the American story, or the saving of it by returning once again to a more virtuous nation.
If all of us would take a step back and think of how morally wrong it is to harm or take from others, knowing full well that we would not like it ourselves, America would be morally stronger, more sound as a country and a richer nation for it.