The American morality is truly amazing. What drives Americans to really and absolutely give up their morals? Morals are also cultural values - what does a cultural group believe in to ensure their survival? What classifies morality varies from culture to culture but often is found in disparity between majority and minority groups.
Culture, as in human culture, shares the same concept of morality; however, when analyzing the values of morals, it varies within subcultures. Morality is the differentiation of intentions, decisions and action that determine the '"rightness" and "wrongness", which is determined by humans. Determination can be taught, shared and capitalized within a cultural group. Often morality is shredded to threads in America because of the lure of the 'green'.
The 'green' is necessary as a barter system; however, when it comes to greed and loyalty - Americans can be brought. Is it the lesser of two evils or is it a true battle of what is right and wrong...according to cultural values?
In the American Deaf Culture, history repeats itself and we find ourselves sold out without considering human ramification upon culture and language. What happened 130 years ago and somewhat 60 years ago is happening again. The souls are sacrificed for technology and the 'green'.
As it was 130 and 60 years ago and presently; people forget that the technology, methods, though processes are tools. Tools are products of times and cognitive challenges. Oddly enough, philosophy itself in the general definition during the times mentioned also changed. 130 to 200 years ago, sign language along with Latin and Greek were considered enlightened classical languages. Is it true now days?
How many lives are to be sacrificed for the sake of 'technology' and 'language approach'? We have yet to rationalize our morality because we have sacrificed it so many times that we no longer place value on it. Ethics is a requirement, not a tool to analyze why our morality is sacrificed for the sake of technology and 'green'.
Mark Twain's quote is particularly interesting - is morality taught? Does this allow for the abuse of moral values by play of technical and 'green' virtues? Often for many of us, truth is the validation of what is and has taken place to be realistic and based on factual information and we find that the truth is sacrificed ... it is like "the lie that brings a smile or the truth that brings a tear".
Experience, knowledge, reality, valued data and so on, where do you draw the line between morality and the 'necessary evils'? Who does this benefit? You or them? Them or you? You or me? There is no 'and' in the concept of morality.
To Be Whole
Currently I am an ASL teacher at a local college and at an high school. I received my Masters in Sign Language Education from Gallaudet University. At home, I am an activist within the community, Northwest Indiana. My son is in first grade and my daughter goes to E.C.L.I.P.S.E. ASL Preschool. Change begins with you and change is effective with a team.