What is cultural desensitization? It’s when a culture experiences things once widely regarded as rare or unthinkable as “the new normal.” When it comes to matters of character, nothing is as dangerous.
We’ve experienced a character crisis for decades now. It’s part of the legacy of modern culture. And in all my books, I mention that the crisis came upon us slowly, incrementally, so we didn’t notice what or how things were going wrongly until we began experiencing the worst effects. By then, it was almost too late, with all our relationships suffering badly. Even now, as bad as some things are, all too many don’t appreciate where we are, how we got here, ore what we must do to turn things around. That’s the very nature of cultural desensitization.
Cultural and Character Reclamation
Some cultural norms, institutions, traditions, etc. are meant to pass away. But others are well worth preserving, especially those proven to foster good character. (See also: Culture Influences Character and Vice-Versa.) So, while we must certainly part company with some things, we must do our best to reclaim some things as well. And chief among those things is the paramount importance of character. We have to bring character to the forefront of our lives, where it rightfully belongs. Like I assert in my Character Matters podcast, we must come to expect it again, both in ourselves and in others. And we need to demand it at those times when our welfare is truly at stake. When character re-occupies its rightful place, we’ll usher in a new cultural era, and the era of narcissism will fade into history.
Commonalities Across Cultures
Character-related problems plague all cultures. That’s one reason In Sheep’s Clothing is a true international bestseller, published in numerous languages. And as you may know, a Spanish language edition, Lobos Con Piel de Cordero, was published earlier this year. Soon, a new page on the blog will be devoted to this edition. And several of the best articles will be reposted on that page in Spanish.