Benchmark: (n) a standard against which things may be compared or assessed
At the risk of barking out some dogmatic standards, I shall attempt to offer some concerns.
As I view the climate of politics, religion and entertainment, which are meant to be foundations in our American society, I realize that the benchmark for each one of these offerings has shifted over the years, unconsciously accepted by the masses.
Religion should have only one function: to teach us to love each other.
Anything else ranges from superfluous to dangerous. Nowadays we ask religion to afford us a heritage, a style, a uniqueness, or even a guarantee of eternal life.
The benchmark we have set for religion is careless.
On the other hand, the only benchmark for politics is honesty.
Without it, we fail to recognize what the true problems are, and therefore we end up working on the insignificant and overlooking the necessary.
Nowadays, politics is the symbol of deception, dissension, gridlock and even a certain amount of ridicule.
We’ve lost our benchmark on politics.
And finally, entertainment should have the benchmark of entertaining us, but also enlightening us.
Without these stipulations, entertainment starts to be sensationalistic, desiring a plumper and plumper bottom line.
When we lose our benchmarks, we start to stray, which makes us appear lost ... even as we insist we are following the cultural GPS.