Many modern voices asseverate that the new definitions and models of morals, family, and marriage are the fuel to take America to the next level of freedom, but is that really where we are headed?
Carle C. Zimmerman lived 1897-1983. He was an eminent Harvard sociologist. He looked at Greek and Roman civilizations and then delineated eleven characteristics that indicate a culture is entering into a self-destructive period.
- Increased and rapid easy “causeless” divorce.
- Decreased number of children, population decay, and increased public disrespect for parents and parenthood.
- Elimination of the real meaning of the marriage ceremony.
- Popularity of pessimistic doctrines about the early heroes.
- Rise of theories that companionate marriage or a permissible looser family form would solve the problem.
- The refusal of many other people married under the older family form to maintain their traditions while other people escape these obligations.
- The spread of the anti-familism of the urbane and pseudo intellectual classes to the very outer limits of the civilization.
- Breaking down of most inhibitions against adultery.
- Revolts of youth against parents so that parenthood became more and more difficult for those who did try to raise children.
- Rapid rise and spread of juvenile delinquency.
- Common acceptance of all forms of sex perversions.
 Carle C. Zimmerman, Family and Civilization (New York: Harper and Brothers, 1947), 776-777.