Charles Murray just released his new book, Coming Apart: The state of white America (1960-2010). In case you missed it, the United States is not quite as united today as it was back in 1960. The nation is becoming one of Us vs. Them and Me vs You. The Occupy folks missed the ratio by a mile. It is not the 99% against the 1%, but more like 50-50 or even 70-30 depending on which line you’re concentrating on at the moment.
Three Cultural Segments of the US Population
A recurring theme here on Simple Truth-Simple Faith is the divide between one half of our nation and the other half. I admit, that is a generalization that demands to be fine-tuned.
The culture of the United States is really one of three general populations and world views. On one side is a “class” that looks back at the 1960′s as the good old days. On the other side is a “class” that looks ahead and sees the policies and beliefs of the other class as overbearing, dictatorial, and regressive.
Caught in the Middle – Between Two Warring Classes in America
Between these two warring classes is a third. The folks in this segment of the population have been comfortable on either side and pass from one to another as fellowship requires. The vehicle that allowed easy transport from one class to the other used the road of common values and respect. That road is narrowing and the demand for the folks in the middle to choose sides once and for all grows each day.
More than ever, each side is elevating its belief system into the religion of their class. In their demand for “religious” freedom they feel it is necessary to vilify the other side and call them evil.
Take the Quiz – Which side are you on?
Follow this link to the book’s webpage. Scroll down to the box that looks like a video screen. Take the quiz and find out where you fit in the new class system. I’ll warn you that it takes a minute to get your results back. It’s an interesting twenty question quiz…
Here are my Quiz Results:
On a scale from 0 to 20 points, where 20 signifies full engagement with mainstream American culture and 0 signifies deep cultural isolation within the new upper class bubble, you scored between 9 and 12.
In other words, even if you’re part of the new upper class, you’ve had a lot of exposure to the rest of America.
I wan not surprised to find that I walk in that middle position between both classes. The separation between folks I care for on one side and those on the other is sad and my ability to be accepted on both sides is becoming more difficult by the day.
What is your Primary Vision?
Each of us have a primary vision of the world that influences everything else. Mine is a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. That relationship has no political, social, or cultural direction. Faith used to be a common value that provided a bridge connecting the different segments of our society. That bridge looks like it won’t hold heavy traffic much longer.
My purpose is to isolate truth from falsehood. Not everyone will agree on the definition of “truth.” And there we go again, into the widening divide. Regardless – I’ll be back here tomorrow. Please join me.