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  • Annmarie Throckmorton, M.A.

Erosion Of 20th Century Culture

Early Sunday morning, while getting ready to go to another church in Maine, because I am looking for a "forever" church to join, I noticed that the 21st century internet is slyly changing the meaning of words, often by adding new and negative connotations, with an obvious intent to destroy 20th century values and beliefs. For example:

Bing's newly revised definition of piety is:

the quality of being religious or reverent.

"acts of piety and charity"


devoutness · devotion · piousness · religiousness · religion · holiness · godliness · sanctity · sanctitude · saintliness · devotion to God · veneration · reverence · faith · religious duty · spirituality · sacredness · religious zeal · fervor · pietism · religiosity

a belief or point of view that is accepted with unthinking conventional reverence.

"the accepted pieties of our time"


dutifulness · obedience · deference · duty · respect · respectfulness · compliance · acquiescence · tractability · tractableness · submissiveness · submission · subservience

(emphasis underscoring added)

The traditional definition of piety has no reference to "unthinking" and no such emphasis on submission, it is:

1: the quality or state of being pious: such as

a: fidelity to natural obligations (as to parents)

b: dutifulness in religion : DEVOUTNESS

2: an act inspired by piety

3: a conventional belief or standard : ORTHODOXY

There are many ongoing erosions of culture, for example Yahoo! News recently announced that "The Washington National Cathedral will replace a set of stained glass windows displaying Confederate symbols with a series of racial justice–themed pieces...(because t)he windows portraying Confederate Gens. (sic) Robert E. Lee and Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson "did nothing to address the reality and painful legacy of America's original sin of slavery and racism..." The replacement stained glass windows will be done by an African-American artist who is said to have no experience in working with stained glass.

Further considerations, the vile sin of slavery was committed for many thousands of years by people of many, many different hues and nations. America was among the first nations in the world to put an end to it.

Erosion Of 20th Century Culture

by Annmarie Throckmorton 2021

The Washington National Cathedral stained glass windows

displaying Confederate Generals Robert E. Lee and Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson

were removed as one would remove any threatened valuable to safekeeping.

Source: Yahoo! News, 2021, non-profit, free use



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