Many of Americans today do not take the time to realize that our nation is little by little falling apart. Our leaders are corrupt, our environment is being destroyed, and there are thousands of children being born each day. The three major social problems facing the American citizens in the 21st century are births to unmarried woman, being able to trust or government and or leaders, and lastly destroying the environment.
The first major social problem facing America today is the crisis of births to unmarried woman. In "Straight Line to Calamity" George Will writes, "rising illegitimacy is a self-reinforcing trend because of the many mechanisms of the intergenerational transmission of poverty. The …show more content…
In short, it appears to me that it would be better to start from the head rather than the tail."(255). What Havel is trying to tell the people are that we need to change our attitudes towards our planet. The people of our nation need to change their behavior towards out planet before we don't have one left. We depend on our environment for many resources and it depends on us to live as well. The way we treat our environment will in turn be the way it treats us. Lastly in his essay Havel states, "Perhaps our lack of responsibility for the planet is only the logical consequence of the modern conception of the universe as a complex of phenomena controlled by certain scientifically identifiable laws, formulated for God-know what purpose."(255). The science and technology that we have in today's age is not only a helper it is also a destroyer. Many of the new inventions of today's age not only help the humankind they threaten them as well. Many products produce unwanted chemicals that are needed to run them. This is harmful way to kill off humankind, very slowly. Ever car that is built, every can of hair spray is used, and every pollutant that is drained into or waters is killing us of very slowly.
Millions of Americans can understand the millions of problems facing our nation today. But the question is what are they going to do about it? You first have to recognize and