Looking to Its Roots

At a time of moral disarray, America seeks to rebuild a structure of values

"Most ethics become important when the roof falls in." So said TV Producer Fred Friendly recently as he plunged into the making of a PBS series designed to examine the tangled state of American ethics. His task could not have been more timely or more daunting, nor could his comment have been more appropriate. Large sections of the nation's ethical roofing have been sagging badly, from the White House to churches, schools, industries, medical centers, law firms and stock brokerages -- pressing down on the institutions and enterprises that make up the body and blood of America.

Surveying the damage, Church...

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