Letter to the Editor: Demise of a moral compass


Friday, January 11, 2019

Once upon a time, integrity and compassion were defining assets of a person’s moral compass. Today, these qualities are being shattered by people in all walks of life.

It has become commonplace to champion the wrong and degrade the right. There is no longer a surprise element when wrong overshadows the lifelong principles of fairness, justice and equality.

I am by no means a biblical scholar but I know the teaching of the religious principle, “do unto others as you would have them do unto you,” is being abandoned by an alarming number of religious leaders and many of their parishioners. In times gone by, the Ten Commandments were seen as a recipe for Christian living while today excuses are offered to justify why it’s OK to cast off any one of them.

Politicians who once put constituents and country first now put self-interest first. Greed and a power obsession have overtaken any semblance of a moral high ground. They have adopted a philosophy that gives false credence to their world of inequities directed towards others. For the lack of a moral compass, these politicians view winning by any means necessary a justifiable right.

Far too many ordinary citizens have forsaken their moral compass for the hope of inclusion in a society that supports a false sense of superiority by excluding and degrading those who are not of their kind. Still there are others who have suppressed their moral compass out of fear of reprisal for taking a stand on the side of right.

And there’s Donald Trump, this country’s poor excuse for a president, who has a “me, myself and I” compass. His lack of moral fiber is telling by his willingness to say and do anything that will keep the spotlight on him. By the use of racial stereotyping he has conned a captive audience into supporting the use of taxpayer dollars to pay for a wall that he claimed Mexico would pay for.

A wall is not an immigration cure-all and certainly not a national emergency as it relates to preventing criminals and terrorists from “invading” the country. In 2018, there were over 300 mass shootings in this country, none of which were committed by criminals who illegally crossed the border. The national emergency at the border is the humanitarian crisis created by the Trump Administration.

Gardenia B. Hobbs

Rocky Mount