August 12, 2005
A more virtuous America
David Brooks at the New York Times has an op-ed about how our society is becoming more virtuous. He attributes that, in part, to the efforts of the many social workers, family crisis centers, police and prosecutors who have been more focused on family violence since the early nineties.
But all of these efforts are part of a larger story. The decline in family violence is part of a whole web of positive, mutually reinforcing social trends. To put it in old-fashioned terms, America is becoming more virtuous. Americans today hurt each other less than they did 13 years ago. They are more likely to resist selfish and shortsighted impulses. They are leading more responsible, more organized lives. A result is an improvement in social order across a range of behaviors.
He then goes on to cite statistics showing that things like the consumption of hard liquor, DWI arrests, teenage pregnancy, and abortions are all down. And there are indications that the divorce rate may be dropping, as well. And there's quite a bit more.
You have to register (free) on the site in order to read the article. I found it to be an encouraging column. Recommended.
[Hat tip to Betsy Newmark.]Posted by USAdave at August 12, 2005 06:48 AM