“It is time, now, that we asked ourselves what has become of the American dream?”
On October 29, 1961, Rabbi Olan urged Americans to remember the values and costly sacrifices of our nation’s founders and to evaluate if we, as a country, have lost our way.
“Our culture is pessimistic, the stage, the fiction, the poetry, the music all combine to reveal a human being who is not only hollow, but corrupt and evil. The moral standard of our day is dominated by success, and with us it appears to be that what matters is only success or profit.”
These are not the characteristics of a healthy nation, nor are they befitting of a great nation. For the good of all, it is time to dust off that moral compass and change course.