Dr. William J. Bennett, former U.S. Secretary of Education and also “drug czar,” issued an important report two months ago entitled “The Index of Leading Cultural Indicators.” He described the mess we have created for ourselves and how we can get out of it. These are a few of the statistics presented, comparing our welfare today with 1963:
What is culture? It is the ways of thinking, living, and behaving that define a people and underlie its achievements. It is a nations collective mind, its sense of right and wrong, the way it perceives reality, and its definition of self. Culture is the morals and habits a mother strives to instill in her children. It is the obligations we acknowledge toward our neighbors, our community, and our government. It is the workers dedication to craftsmanship and the owners acceptance of the responsibilities of stewardship. It is the standards we set and enforce for ourselves and for others: our definitions of duty, honor, and character. It is our collective conscience.