A Second Look at Middle Class Morality
by John Lawrence, September 4, 2018
Back in the 60s one of the things we were against, in addition to being against the "system" or the "establishment", was middle class morality. What was middle class morality because I don't think it is a relevant term any more? Basically, it said that you should study hard, get a good job, get married and be faithful to your spouse. In other words, do your job, keep you nose clean, don't fool around with other women and don't leave your spouse when the grass is greener on the other side of the fence. Today you have not only the breakdown of the middle class, but the breakdown of middle class morality and the family.
The idea was put forward that you would have a different partner for different stages of your life. These stages might be a high school girlfriend, a college girlfriend, a wife with possibly a girlfriend on the side and a second wife after the children are grown. This has pretty much led to the breakdown of the traditional family. It has led to a lot of broken families with bad consequences for the children involved. Loyalty to one another and sticking together should be a higher value than sexual freedom especially after a family has been started.
And then there was the guy who said "Turn on, tune in and drop out." "Turn on, tune in, drop out" is a counterculture-era phrase popularized by Timothy Leary in 1966. In 1967 Leary spoke at the Human Be-In, a gathering of 30,000 hippies in Golden Gate Park in San Francisco and phrased the famous words, "Turn on, tune in, drop out". Today that doesn't make too much sense. The hippie lifestyle turned out to be the precursor of homelessness. The drug culture has led to a culture of opioid and heroin addiction leading to death for many. Prescription and non-prescription drugs are the bane of society and leave many children parentless. That's why so many children are being raised by their grandparents.
Rather than dropping out, choose something that you will be comfortable with and enjoy doing rather than something your parents want you to do. This could be something that either requires or does not require a college degree. Not everyone has to go to college. The dominant culture put the screws to the counterculture by increasing college tuitions with the result that people had to go into a lot of student loan debt. This wasn't so in the easy days of the 60s. The dominant culture said as much as "oh so it's so easy and cheap to go to college that you don't even appreciate a college degree so let's just make it tougher for you. Then maybe you'll appreciate it more and not have time to tune in, turn on and drop out."
So in this synthesis of middle class morality and the counterculture, I present to you the concept of right livlihood, a healthy lifestyle and loyalty to family once a family has begun. Other than that sexual freedom is pretty much OK as long as you don't hurt people in the process. That would be the limiting factor.