We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
If the young are to be instructed at all, it seems to me that they ought to be instructed in the high human value of this toleration. They should be taught what they learn by experience in the school yard: that human beings differ enormously, one from the other, and that it is stupid and imprudent for A to try to change B. They should be taught that mutual confidence and good will are worth all the laws ever heard of, ghostly or secular, and that one man who minds his own business is more valuable to the world than 10,000 cocksure moralists.
Problem is, during HL's time, there still was common sense, Right and wrong, and, healthy morality that guided the populace.
Now, its who's on the cover of the Glam or People mag, have to understand the perp and not his crimes, and our citizenry both unable to spell morality and be knowledgeable in any subject beyond what they see in the media or Facebook.
We've become a nation of lemmings, clamoring to be first off the cliff.
"healthy morality" during HLM's time?? as in, the virulent racism enshrined in jim crow laws that were still on the books in spite of the "mutual confidence and good will" that had prevailed up to that point? I'll take the moralizing over the lemmings who are taught by the system to give the system their blind support.
I don't buy any of the "good ol' days" bullshi'ite.