In doing a little research for another article, I went to Gallup and pulled up all their recent polling tagged under “moral issues” and “social issues.”  Two titles caught my eye: “Americans Continue to Shift Left on Key Moral Issues” and “Majority in U.S. Still Say Moral Values Getting Worse” (the political scourge in me wants to end this post right here).

In the first survey, the respondent was given a list of behaviors and asked to judge each as either morally acceptable or unacceptable.  The second survey asked “How would you rate the overall state of moral values in this country today—as excellent, good, or only fair to poor?”  Is it any surprise that individuals say they’re cool with behaviors (the first survey) that they nonetheless know to be destructive (the second survey)?  Apparently working without the benefit of Romans 7:14-24, psychologists have puzzled over the affliction and named it “miswanting.”

Alexander Pope had their “miswanting” right here:alexander pope 4 sized 227x300 Gallup and the Monstrous Miswanting

Vice is a monster of such frightful mien,
As to be hated needs but to be seen,
Yet seen too oft, familiar with her face,
First we endure, then pity, then embrace.

According to Gallup, we’re now well past endurance.