People used to shun certain acts, ones that would brand them as undesirable. People thus choose to live a higher way of life, but not any more.
A pregnant teenage girl at one time was ashamed to show her face in public. Now they make maternity prom dresses. By eliminating the shame, we have sunk to a lower way of life.
President Clinton had affairs in the White House, professional athletes take steroids, and every lawyer is out to turn a buck, even if it means a nasty lawsuit.
We once lived in a higher way. This doesn’t mean in a puritan, judgmental, or Leave it to beaver sense that only included whites who conformed. We had spirituality, a connection to God. This doesn’t mean church attendance or adherence to a specific dogma. Shame wasn’t designed to paste a scarlet letter on someone, but to keep them from degrading to a lower way of life.
Parents used to teach these higher ways to their children, thus a daughter was told that it was shameful to be pregnant without being married. Shame set the boundaries, keeping her above this and on the higher path.
Things don’t have to be as they are now. If we rediscover our lost spirituality, we will once again have a society that walks a higher road.