Presentism Shouldn’t Determine Progress

Many of the founders of United States preached equality yet enslaved thousands and saw women as lesser to men.

Many of the founders of United States preached equality yet enslaved thousands and saw women as lesser to men.

Television shows airing in the late 1900s that were cult classics then–Friends, That 70s Show, and Looney Tunes–still remain popular among younger generations, but can now be viewed as controversial due to politically incorrect, racist, and homophobic scenes. Traditions at Lawrenceville that were once commonplace such as initiation rituals and a “Missing in Action” page in Olla Pod have been criticized and eliminated. We congratulate ourselves for moving on from the more backward days of our ancestors, but this feeling of progress can be an illusion. Yes, the world may be better than it was fifty years ago, but this is more so due to natural progress that comes with time and the changing of moral standards rather than our generation being innately better.

We like to think of ourselves as ethical, productive, and decent people. What is good, right or acceptable in society changes. It is easy to be self-congratulatory about how much less prejudiced we are than past generations and deplore them for their persistently linear thinking, but this form of hindsight can become a way of unjustly transferring our current moral standards, to which no past culture even had a semblance of, to past misgivings.

Our founders are too targeted by this reviewed morality. People today judge them because of racism, discrimination, and hypocrisy, and because of these alleged faults, the value of their accomplishments is diminished. However, it is only because of the society that they created that we now have the luxury to look back and judge the contradictions of their imperfect character. The application of today’s moral standards to these individuals is unfair because they didn’t have the same standards of equality and multiculturalism as we do today. While it may be a noble effort to condemn the crimes of our past, we must realize that these actions were the norm of their society and environment.

At Lawrenceville, hazing or team initiations have been eliminated because of the negative impacts it had on students. While several of these events were seen as funny and had the intention of welcoming new students into the fold of the team, people viewed them as extensions of bullying. The elimination of hazing, though more recent than the supposed crimes of historical figures, represents a change in views.

Ultimately, it is unfair of us to apply current practices to the past because the idea of morality, a concept that changes over time, is not transferable. What we may consider ill-informed and immoral now–racism, homophobia, and sexism–was once the orthodoxy. Morality can undergo complete revolutions in a mere generation, so to criticize a person, who didn’t know and couldn’t do any better, for their past mistakes is an unfair way of assigning blame. After all, in another fifty years, eating meat and factory farming may be regarded as unethical, overprescription of antibiotics as regretful, the marginalization of LGBTQ+ communities as intolerant, political polarization as foolish, and the high incarceration rates in the United States as immoral.


There are 10 comments for this article

  1. Jayden

    I was made redundant two months ago I did worry a little bit that having to explain so much about investing and, later, the SEC would turn off readers, either because it was tedious or confusing. I hope that’s not the case. My editor also helped me balance the day-trading plot with the school/friendship plot, which I think helps a lot. Peer dynamics in middle school can be just as tumultuous as the stock market.

  2. David

    No, I'm not particularly sporty xnxx jepang "He possesses an unparalleled knowledge of every facet ofAmerica's defense enterprise, having worked directly andindirectly for eleven secretaries of defense over the course ofhis storied career," Hagel said in a statement.

  3. Ivory

    I'm about to run out of credit xhamster mobile In April 1932, hundreds of ramblers walked on to private land on Kinder Scout, Derbyshire, to assert their right to walk freely across the countryside, which they called their "right to roam".

  4. Ralph

    What sort of music do you like? vina garut xnxx From there he went 3-for-37, as his batting average fell to .244 and his OPS to .771. And though Rodriguez gave the Yankees a much-needed presence in the lineup, contributing seven home runs and 19 RBI in 44 games, his slump takes some of the shine off the comeback.

  5. Coolman

    Yes, I love it! video bokep abg And I think there’s a way for– Mr. Putin, despite– me and him having a whole lot of differences, to play an important role in that.  And so I welcome him being involved.  I welcome him saying, “I will take responsibility for pushing my client, the Assad regime– to deal with these chemical weapons.”

  6. Miguel

    I've lost my bank card planet suzy Even prisoner re-entry, another topic Mr Holder touched on, is hardly new. Officials under President George W Bush paid attention to this subject at the highest levels, and the Obama administration has mostly continued its programmes.

  7. Grant

    Sorry, I ran out of credit https // "In addition, we anticipate that as more information of this zero day comes to light, the exploit will be weaponised and packaged into exploit kits rapidly, greatly increasing the number of attackers with access to this exploit," he added.

  8. Milton

    I was born in Australia but grew up in England xxx tube The Local Food Company sells organic and non-organic produce from suppliers in Devon and the South West. It aims to encourage people to support local farms, dairies and makers of speciality products in the area.

  9. Ariel

    I need to charge up my phone xvedio Announcing the plans on Twitter the Prime Minister wrote: “Speaker agrees my request to recall Parliament on Thurs. There'll be a clear Govt motion & vote on UK response to chemical weapons attacks.”

  10. Anderson

    A Second Class stamp xvide The transaction closed in November 2006, ended its revolving period in May 2008 and has since then amortised to around 11% of the initial balance. The class A notes were redeemed in full in November 2012 when the class B notes began amortising. Credit enhancement (CE) for the class B notes has rapidly built up to a healthy 52.1% of the non-defaulted collateral. Together with the fast-paced amortisation of the notes in the past two quarters, this is the main driver of the upgrade.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.