Letters: Matter Of Ethics

At the root of the problem with American behavior ((ETHICS, May 25)) is a disdain for moral absolutes. The seeds of relativism were planted in the 19th and 20th centuries by thinkers like Einstein, Darwin and Freud and nourished in the '60s with the breakdown of the Judeo-Christian moral consensus. The harvest of this situation is the self-indulgence without accountability that we see today in Reagan's America.

(The Rev.) Scott Rae

Newport Beach, Calif.

I found in your discussion titled "What's Wrong" not indignation at the vacuum of values we have in the '80s but a shot at President Reagan. Materialism...

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