To the Editors:
If we are disturbed by the moral malaise in the U.S. ((ETHICS, May 25)), perhaps we should check American attitudes to find the root of the problem. The American dream of the "good life," a label for our unchecked individualism, has led us to a state where opportunities have become rights and rights have become untouchable. Religion and morality are maintained not as guideposts of conduct but as props to make us look as if we were the good folks.
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