Once upon a time, sixty years ago, a little girl lived in the Big Woods of Wisconsin, in a little gray house made of logs. –Laura Ingalls Wilder
Laura Ingalls Wilder’s books thrilled me as a child, and I still enjoy reading them today. A simpler time, a loving family and people who demonstrate Christian morals–work, diligence and obedience.
Once upon a time women wore long dresses and weren’t aloud to show their ankles. Once upon a time men stood up when a lady entered or left a room. Once upon a time men opened car doors for women, pulled out chairs and held doors for them and helped them on and off with their coats. Men viewed women a bit like a flower– beautiful, delicate, and in need of protection–someone to be respected, cherished and loved.
Before I go any further I want to clarify that there are many men who still do these things for women, however, culture has changed and most of these habits have fallen by the wayside.
In today’s world nearly everything is permissible with the exception of robbery and murder. Our culture has adopted the view that if it feels good it’s within our rights to do it. Modesty is out and skimpy is in; accidents (mistakes) are out and lawyers are in; courtesy/manners/simple human kindness are out and ones rights are in–self-centeredness.
But not everything is beneficial or constructive. I wonder are we reaping the fruits of everything is permissible?
Nobody should seek his own good, but the good of others. 1 Corinthians 10:24. When we go our own way, do our own thing without thought to how it effects others are the consequences beneficial or constructive? Do our actions help or harm others? What effect does scantily clad women and men have on our teenagers? How does sexuality, violence, and murder on the big-screen effect our children?
Perhaps once upon a time seems dated. But what women doesn’t want to feel loved and cherished by her husband? What man doesn’t want his wife to be a lady? Who doesn’t want their children to grow up in a world where they are protected and allowed to be a child–void of constant nudity, sexuality, violence, vulgarness and murder?
I wouldn’t mind going back to once upon a time. How about you? If you have time drop me a comment about how you would feel about going back to a simpler time.