I stopped by home today to pick up a package that had arrived for me. My parents had taken the day off from work because my mom had a doctor’s appointment to follow up on her cancer recovery. I got roped into changing the oil in my dad’s car, and when I came back in, my mom and dad were discussing how terrible American culture had become. They came to the conclusion that the root causes of the current problems were the shifts, in the 60s, to humanism and feminism. I asked what prompted this philosophizing, and my mom related the following story to me:
Last Friday, my mom had a case worker come to her classroom to observe one of my mom’s students. To make sure that said student was getting along well in school. The case worker sent some time, at the end of the day, conversing with my mom to see if the student’s behavior on that particular day was representative of his behavior every day. It was around 4:30 when the case worker was finally preparing to leave that she noticed her smart phone was missing. It appears that one of the students had stolen it.
The case worker started to freak out, mostly because she used her phone to handle a lot of her work duties, and she didn’t want to lose all the data that was stored on her phone. After getting a grip on herself, she went home and called her cell phone. That father of one the girl’s in mom’s class answered the phone. They talked briefly, and the case worker made arrangements to pick up the phone on Saturday.
The case worker picked up the phone on Saturday, as arranged. At first it looked like nothing had been deleted or ruined, and so she was relieved. Until she found pornographic pictures on her phone. She also saw that her web browser’s history was full of searches for porn, and that there were also text messages containing foul language and referencing lewd sexual acts. There were also some calls made, although the content of the calls remains unknown.
At first, the case worker suspected that it was the father of the girl that had stolen the phone who loaded her phone up with porn and sexts. She took it to one her tech-savvy friends, who then looked at the time stamps of the pictures, web history, and text messages. All of the texting, searching for porn, and picture-taking occurred on the bus ride home. The girl who stole the phone is nine.
My mom talked to the girl Monday, to rebuke her for stealing, and for looking at porn. The girl told her that she didn’t think there was anything wrong with watching porn because that’s what she (along with some of her nine-year-old friends) does at her grandma’s house when her parents aren’t around to watch after her.
Incidentally, my parents do not teach at an inner-city school. They teach at lower-middle class school in a quiet Midwestern town.
I guess the lesson to be learned from all this is that Theodore Dalrymple doesn’t even know the half of it. American society is a festering corpse of unrestrained hedonism. Rule 34 needs to be amended: not only is there a porn of it, but it’s more depraved than you could have imagined, and even children have seen it. There is nothing redeeming about modern culture; it is poisonous to the last, and this poison has seeped into the once-benign public schools. The only hope for the future is that society collapses upon itself and that the nihilistic hedonism of modern culture finally dies off, ridding the world of the disease that is humanism run amok.
In the meantime, homeschool your children.