Religious Influence in Society by L. What he influence of mass media essay to predict was that the West would export its culture to the rest of the world and thus grip the entire world in its death throes.
Today we are witnessing that decline and since we are involved in it, it is of utmost importance to us. At stake are whether the ideals we cherish will survive or some new abhorrent set of values win the day. We are today at a watershed of history and our actions today will decide whether the world goes up from here or continues to slide into some new dark age. It is important to understand bad conditions don’t just happen. The cultural decay we see around us isn’t haphazard. Unless one understands this he won’t be able to defend himself or reach out into the society with effectiveness. A society is capable of surviving for thousands of years unless it is attacked from within or without by hostile forces.
Material points of attack are finance, communications, technology and a denial of resources. Look around today and you will find countless examples of these points. They scream at us every day from the newspapers. Probably the most critical point of attack on a culture is its religious experience. Where one can destroy or undermine religious institutions then the entire fabric of the society can be quickly subverted or brought to ruin. Religion is the first sense of community. Your sense of community occurs by reason of mutual experience with others.
Where the religious sense of community and with it real trust and integrity can be destroyed then that society is like a sand castle unable to defend itself against the inexorable sea. For the last hundred years or so religion has been beset with a relentless attack. But beneath all these attacks on organized religion there was a more fundamental target: the spirituality of man, your own basic spiritual nature, self-respect and peace of mind. This black propaganda may have been so successful that maybe you no longer believe you have a spiritual nature but I assure you you do.
In fact, you don’t have a soul, you are your own soul. In other words, you are not this book, your social security card, your body or your mind. Let a man know he is himself, a spiritual being, that he is capable of the power of choice and has the right to aspire to greater wisdom and you have started him up a higher road. Of course, such attacks on religion run counter to man’s traditional aspirations to spiritual fulfillment and an ethical way of life. For thousands of years on this planet thinking man has upheld his own spirituality and considered the ultimate wisdom to be spiritual enlightenment. The new radical thought that man is an animal without a spiritual nature has a name: totalitarian materialism.