Superficial Values (Morals) Are Saturating Our Society and Will Ultimately Destroy Us Essay
Superficial values (morals) are saturating our society and will ultimately destroy us. Vanity, Self indulgence, and lack of respect are all characteristics our society carries today. The media is a big part in every person’s life. The media shapes one’s attitude, morals and values.
Also parents, elderly, and other adults look at today’s generation of children and refer to them as “little hoodlums” or “trouble makers”, yet they haven’t stopped to think who is responsible for creating this generation, by raising and teaching their children with the right values and morals they can carry along with them in life to create a more fulfilling life for both them and their society. Due to the media shaping our attitudes morals/values our society has become vain.
The media uses forms of entertainment such as television, radio, internet, magazines etc to persuade us to want something, to want to be like somebody, to look like somebody or even be like somebody else. This “somebody else” is usually a celebrity who is presented to be very good looking, very happy, and everything they own you should own because it would make you better or look better. Vanity is the excessive belief in ones own abilities or attractiveness to others. Prior to the 14th century it did not have such narcissistic characteristics. Vanity can become a very powerful motivator, for the simple fact that people respond to good looks.
Some people see their ‘vanity” as pride. There is a difference between pride and Vain. The proud person believes in his own excellence, and a vain person wants everyone else to believe in his excellence. Vanity is a value today’s generation spends too much time on. Because of the media are society is nothing like it was 100 years ago. People didn’t care so much about clothing and luxuries. They cared about working, and taking care of friends and families. They weren’t worried if their clothes were tight or better then everyone else’s they were worried about being warm and comfortable and classy.