There is a little line of dialogue that goes on between Stephanie Powers and Maureen O’Hara in the 1963 Film McClintock that runs around in my head a lot these days. The line reads like this: Maureen O’Hara: “It’s sad these changing times.” Stephanie Powers: “It’s not the times that are changing Mama, it’s the people.”
Every time I hear the “its a living document” comment from some “intellectual” when speaking regarding the Holy Scriptures or the Constitution it is like someone is pushing the play button on a cassette recorder in my brain and that line plays on (OK so the cassette was the normative thing for the better part of my lifetime, so for you younger folks think CD or MP3 player). I generally prefer when Hollywood does not preach some other person’s opinion, but this simple dialog speaks a volume of truth. Throughout history societies have been born in strife, grown, thrived and then fallen through avarice, greed and decadence. I am not going to go through a bunch of examples, all I ask you to do is read a little history and you will see a pattern develop.
Once again something has reminded me of this, something I will link for you below, please watch it. Before you do however, I would like to bring your attention to this quote from John Stuart Mill, someone who I do not wholly agree with, but he offered this, which I think will add a bit to what you are about to watch:
“War is an ugly thing, but not the ugliest of things. The decayed and degraded state of moral and patriotic feeling which thinks that nothing is worth war is much worse. The person who has nothing for which he is willing to fight, nothing which is more important than his own personal safety, is a miserable creature and has no chance of being free unless made and kept so by the exertions of better men than himself.”
Please follow this link to view an excellent piece sent to me by my good friend David Hays: