in the days of Little House on the Prairie, the divorce rate was nil,
Adultery was just as prevalent, and the shame of a woman walking out of an abusive marriage was immense. No such shame for a man who fooled around and violated his vows.
abortion was unheard of,
Ahem. There's a huge difference between "abortions were rare/non-existent" and "abortion was kept secret". At least now there's far less hypocrisy about it.
parents took care of their children
Ever heard of poor houses and sweatshops? Of the boys being favored over the girls in a family?
siblings actually loved and cared for one another.
Heh. Until it was time for the parents' will to be read out.
Read some history, yesh. The social problems that are complained about today have been around since before Moses was a lad. They were even complained about in Laura Ingalls' day. There have been good and bad folks throughout human history. Always have, always will.
The divorce rate in America in 1890 was 10% - Shacking up (co-habitation) was not common
The divorce rate in America in 2010 was 51% - Shacking up (co-habitation) was common
These rates include Christian and non-Christian.
I do not believe that adultery was just as common in America in 1890. From historical books that I have read, many women were even protected through escorts when not with their family. Courting was often done with a courting candle at the parent's home.
How do you know abortion was just as common and kept secret?
Yes, I have heard of sweatshops. There are always bad examples.
Even though I do agree with you that there has always been problems, there is a much higher rate of problems today.
Divorce Rates through decades:
(hovers around 50% after that)
This can be attributed to many things.
Women's lib of the 60's?
Women in the workplace?
Influences of music & television?
How can one compare a 10% of Laura Ingall's childhood divorce rate where virtually nobody shacked up, and compare that to today's 50% rate where people live in co-habitation for years and aren't statistically counted?? Just say "yeah well men were just as adulterous then"....
Now, let's talk about the massive amount of people coming out as homosexuals today...
I don't agree entirely with what it seems you are getting at (but respect your opinion). I believe morality as whole was much stronger then. Dinners at the table. Families working together. No influence of TV, Main Stream Music, Video Games... No isolation of one in front of a screen for hours ignoring each other in the same room...
There are many reasons to cling to the old ways of life.
EDIT*** Just to clarify, I believe that people always were sinful in many ways, but I do believe that technology is a platform for people to develop and share sinful behavior. People in the 1950's were shocked from Elvis shaking his hips, for instance, which is small potatoes at nearly any main stream music vid. 1 quick search can bring us to Christiana A's, "not myself tonight", which is so blasphemous, so evil and vile in so many ways. I had the unfortunate 20 second viewing of this video before I left a room. Commonly accepted today.