MORAL VELUES Vs HAZARD VELUES
This is a good opinion wrote by Pitan Daslani according to interview with Alien Riady. The title is “The death of moral values”. sound’s good. This’s interesting article which many people will comment it.
Hazard it’s mind that secularism and atheism are used to be establised by many institutions is very dangerous for people. Let’s read ….
But there’s more: they are the very institutions that set the standards and precedents for the rest of the world to follow. In education, for instance, success is measured by cognitive achievements only, and the whole world is led to believe that that should be the case.
All across the world, education is being reduced into a bonsai of the mastery of science and technology. Other aspects of human potential are ignored. And now, here are the results: The world is being deceived by the perception that a good university must be defined as the best center of science and technology, and nothing else.
If you excel in science and technology, you are recognized internationally; but if you are good in other areas, keep it for yourself! Character development as well as faith, tolerance, ethics, morality, social solidarity, art and culture, and other such traits are not considered scientific enough that they don’t attract attention.
As a result, educational endeavors across the globe have mainly produced highly trained minds but not hearts nor conscience. This is why there are a lot of people who are very smart intellectually but are very poor emotionally. There are lots of people who are brilliant cognitively but weak and shaky morally. There are lots of people who are very good in certain subjects but very poor in other areas.
There are even great world leaders who have ended their terms dishonorably—many of them even got trapped in sex scandals. And today’s prisons are filled with professors, PhDs, Masters of Science, and you name it.
Schools and universities have generally failed to educate and train students to lead a balanced life. Parents generally wash their hands off while religious institutions say they only have to meet their congregations once a week.
In today’s society, educational endeavors are going nowhere other than preparing learners merely to get a job. Getting a job is certainly all right but education becomes a withering bonsai when the purpose of schooling is just to prepare for employment and job creation.
The outcome of such direction of education is that being rich and happy becomes the goal of life of every student on campus. There’s nothing wrong with it, but when that purpose becomes a way of life, the belief system in society will change drastically.
Whenever the belief system changes in that way, the entire value system also suffers drastic changes. This is what we are now seeing in every society. Practices that used to be forbidden in the past are now tolerated, allowed, and even justified.
By insisting on “tolerance” over the last several decades, human nature has deceitfully managed to produce an open-minded acceptance of what was once forbidden.
In the past morals were mostly guided by religion. Most people believed strongly in their religion, and followed the rules very carefully, for fear of sin and punishment.
Nowadays, religion is not such an important factor of life and morals are guided by personal conscience and to fit in with others. Many things which were unacceptable in society just a few centuries ago are now everyday life occurrences. For example, divorce. Not long ago it was frowned upon and thought of as a great sin to get divorced. Today, it is justified and even legalized. A few decades ago, children were still very obedient to parents. Today, they are calling their parents “primitive people.”
Attending religious services was a compulsory family practice a few decades ago. It is now something for people to laugh at in certain societies. According to a survey, 40% of Americans claim to attend church regularly.
In 1998, sociologist Stanley Presser at the University of Michigan co-authored a study entitled: “Data Collection Mode and Social Desirability Bias in Self-Reported Religious Attendance.” Comparing diaries with actual attendance, they made the estimate that the actual percentage of Americans attending church from the mid-1960’s to the 90’s was about 26%.
In 1998 C. Kirk Hadaway and P.L. Marler published an article in the Christian Century entitled, Did You Really Go To Church This Week? They found that actual church attendance in America was about half the rate indicated by national public opinion polls. Their estimate for America’s actual church attendance is around 20%, according to theologica.blogspot.com.
In Britain, the situation is even worse. By 2050 there will be just 3,600 churchgoing Methodists left in Britain, Christian Research predicts. Anglicans will be down to 87,800, Catholics to 101,700, Presbyterians to 4,400, Baptists to 123,000 and independents to 168,000, according to Times Online.
The report predicts that by 2030, when Dr Rowan Williams’s successor as Archbishop of Cantebury will be approaching retirement, there could be just 350,000 people attending just 10,000 Anglican churches, with an average of 35 worshippers each. The next Archbishop after that could find his position “totally nonviable”, the report says, with just 180,000 worshippers in 6,000 churches by 2040.
David Voas, a professor of population studies at the Institute for Social Change at the University of Manchester, said: “The difficulty is in retaining the children who have churchgoing parents. So long as churchgoing is something that gets you laughed at, so long as there is a social stigma attached to being a churchgoing young person, it will be difficult to reverse the trend.”
In Indonesia, it is interesting to know that church attendance began to rise significantly after the 1998 riots during which many women were reportedly raped, shopping malls and buildings destroyed, and looting became a new source of fortune for frustrated residents who claimed to be religious.
But while attendance of religious services is slightly rising, marriages are breaking apart at an alarming rate. Every television station is bagging huge advertisement revenue from news about the breaking down of celebrities’ marriages; and even public figures are either remarrying or divorcing their spouses.
In other areas, breaking the law is no longer considered a shame. Read the newspapers and see it. Corrupters, murderers, thieves, gamblers, and all such immoral people are exhibiting proud smiles before newspaper photographers.
In such a situation it is obviously difficult to set good precedents of family education. A rise in juvenile delinquency and crimes involving youngsters as well as widespread absorption of illegal drugs could also be the outcome of a situation in which absolute standards have been thrown away.
Educators need to realize, that they are working in such kind of society where the need of educating is far more urgent now than that of mere teaching. Learners are living in a society that is fast losing all the good values so the role of schooling should also include reviving these values to ensure successful education. And because of that, implementation of holistic education must now be a top priority in every school—otherwise learners will join the rest of society that adore relativism and secularism.
Why are some people proud to be prostitutes? Because they apply their own standards that they need to eat, they need to live. So when human beings abandon God’s manual, such is the outcome, says Pelita Harapan’s School System Coordinator Aileen Riady.
She believes that because of this, parents need to pull themselves and their children back onto the right track which she defines as the Word of God. Otherwise, everybody will use his or her own standards and soon children will say they don’t have the obligation to listen to their parents any more. And when such children become parents, the situation will be even worse.
The main problem, she says, is that the world’s biggest torrent today is one which rejects anything that has to do with religion, or for that matter, God.
Aileen indicates that unless education is properly based on faith in God, its outcome will not glorify God, nor will Godly character be reflected in the lives of scholars that emerge from secular institutions.
This is the reason why Pelita Harapan schools promote the vision of True Knowledge, Faith in God, and Godly Character. It means that educational endeavors must reach the global peak of excellence, but that must glorify God as the supreme source of wisdom; and learners “must live by God’s manual,” Aileen says.
To realize this, Aileen and her husband James Riady often invite the parents of the students of Pelita Harapan schools (SPH) and university (UPH) to their home in Karawaci for sharing sessions.
“Often the parents ask ‘are we invited to come here because something has gone wrong?’, Aileen recalls, and adds: “No, but because nothing has gone wrong, we need to prevent you from the possibility of going wrong. If you can prevent, why think about pre-empting or curing!”
Given their great care for students, James and Aileen regularly host Friday evening sharing sessions with UPH students to openly discuss such topics as love, dating, and marriage.
The purpose is to equip the students with the right perception on such issues so they know how to develop good personal relationships with their friends, teachers, parents, and society, according to what Aileen describes as “God’s manual.” CA