In Shaun Duncan's letter in the March 24 Xpress["Mayor's Vote on Domestic-partner Benefits Respected Community's Conservatives"], Mr. Duncan writes, "I dread to see how far society's morals will have slid to [in the future.]" We feel that there is another way of seeing the changing morality of our country.
In our view, morality is not sliding into an abyss. Yes, individuals are determining what is right and what is wrong without an institutional dogma to guide them, but it does not mean that morals are being lost. It means that morals are less the result of systems of rules, and instead, are the result of people listening to their own hearts and minds. It's like when you let children come up with the rules and consequences for their classroom: Most of the time, they can easily agree on what the important rules are. They don't all go to the same religious or other morality-teaching institution. They are just using their hearts and minds.
— Jenni Park