Virtue of the Week: Morality

Save the DogSave the Dog?

It is no wonder that in 15 years of asking high school students throughout America whether, in an emergency situation, they would save their dog or a stranger first, most students have answered that they would save their dog. “I love my dog, I don’t love the stranger,” they always say. The feeling of love has supplanted a higher power or religious principle as the moral guide for young people. What is right has been redefined in terms of what an individual feels.

-Dennis Prager

The Greatest Moral Engine by Falconbridge

Say what you will, it’s no use talking, poverty is more potent and powerful, as a moral engine, than all the “sermons and soda water,” law, logic, and prison discipline, ever started. All a man wants, while he has a chance to be honest, and to get along smoothly, is a good situation and two dollars a day; give him five dollars a day, and he gets lazy and careless; while at ten, or a hundred a day, he is sure to cultivate beastly feeling, eat and sleep to stupefaction, become a roue, or a rotten politician. A poor man, in misery, applies to God for consolation, while a rich man applies to his banker, and tries on a “bender,” or goes on a tour to Europe, and studies foreign folly and French license. Poverty is great; for keeping a man humble and it sticks to a man after all his friends and the rest of mankind have deserted him!