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Americans have come together in light of the tragic occurrence in Connecticut. This type of joining together seems to happen after every large-scale tragedy, but how long will it last -- a week or two?
We have become a nation that is selfish, self-centered and lacking in moral values. Democrats and Republicans won't compromise to help the public because proving the other person wrong is more important than helping the public. While the government remains stagnant, groups such as the mentally ill and elderly suffer from lack of programming and funding.
Families are becoming a thing of the past. Fifty percent of marriages in the United States end in divorce. Both parents work to "make ends meet," but half the time that means buying flat-screen TVs for each room, two or three cars and the very newest cell phones. Children are taught that possessions are more important than time spent together.
Our churches are empty. People think they don't need to go to church. They think that going shopping, sleeping in or taking their kids to play sports is more important than spending an hour in prayer.
If we accept a lack of morality and accountability in our own lives, what can we expect from others? Not until we all stop being selfish and self-centered will society start to change for good. Only when society takes a higher stand on morality and a greater commitment to families will we see a decline in these useless tragedies.
FRANCIS R. GANNON
First Published December 31, 2012 12:00 am