“We used to experience morality as imperatives. The consequences of not doing the right thing were not only social, but deeply emotional and psychological. We couldn’t bear to live with ourselves. Now we experience morality more as a choice that we can always change as circumstances call for it. We tend to personalize our ideals. And what you end up with is a nation of ethical free agents.
Morality is important. There is a corporate morality, to be sure, that holds society together. As our corporate morality is derided as leftist, or communist, or outdated, we lose individual morality as well.