4. a doctrine of inevitable social decline and degeneration.
The definition which requires pointing out what a doctrine is:
a particular principle, position, or policy taught or advocated, as of a religion or government: Catholic doctrines; the Monroe Doctrine.
something that is taught; teachings collectively: religious doctrine.
a body or system of teachings relating to a particular subject: the doctrine of the Catholic Church.
Origin: 1350–1400; Middle English < Anglo-French < Latin doctrīna teaching, equivalent to doct(o)r doctor + -īna -ine2
It’s amazing what you’ll find on Google Images when you need a graphic for a post.
The point of ‘pick and choose’ from the dictionary that I used is that this country (the U.S. , for those of you not here) is running under an unofficial doctrine. It has no name, much less simple bullet points to follow (other that the point of a bullet).
Divisiveness is but one key to the apparent degradation of our society. I reserve adding ‘and hate’ to the word only because hate is but an emotional extremety of divisiveness.
The differences are obvious and have been covered over and over. Even though we live in a nation with comparatively large amounts of freedom, we are also equally chained by laws, visible and hidden, that prevents exercise of certain freedoms.
Social mores also hinder our choices of freedom. If you want to be part of a clique, you have to place yourself in a subordinate position to at least one person who is more charismatic than yourself.
Very long tangent, that. But using those previous sentences, I hope to show it comes down to personal choices that affect society. The invisible doctrine (s) currently in play are simple power grabs from groups of like-minded thinkers… And their unthinking followers.
Choice. Between good and evil, think or react, stand your ground or run away: this is what should be taught at the earliest age. Discourse is what prevents social decay. Education prevents degeneration, physical, mental, and moral. What educational discourse CANNOT DO is to state issues in black OR white. You fail before you start.
Originally, I wanted to link this into the current election cycle, but it goes far deeper than sham politics. Entropy exists between two neighbors who can’t decide how long grass should grow before being cut (often enough to prevent a mosquito / tick breeding ground). Entropy exists between an international oil company and a head of state (where both ignore the plight of the starving populace in order to add a few percent to the bottom line.)
Entropy fails when one person chooses to pick up a piece of garbage and dispose of it correctly. It fails when a neighbor goes to check on another’s wellbeing.
It fails when people say, ‘Enough!’, and goes after those who, with legal malice a forethought, created an onerous coruptocracy that gives the middle finger to both the citizens and the basic laws they believe in.
The citizenry still possess the right to signal digitus impudicus to those who claim to work in our best interest.