"... he had come to realize that he was a beast whose cruelest instincts were barely governed by the few tools of repression with which his upbringing and his culture provided him. Not long ago, he had decided to unchain himself and to be what he really was. A monster. Not yet a monster fully realized, but certainly now a monster in the making." ~Breathless, by Dean Koontz
1513 BC was the approximate date of the Exodus from Egypt. So the Ten Commandments were given to Moses shortly after that, and probably in the same year. At that time, late in the Iron Age, the total human population of Earth was about 3,300,000, or one-third of a billion people. Moses had recently come out of the fertile Nile delta, a population hub during those early years. Can we see each of the Ten Commandments as a critical correction in the natural [monstrous] instinctive process which is a man or a woman? Can we see the Ten Commandments as necessary if Moses hoped to make a cohesive unit out of his recently freed tribal people? Can we also see that the Egypt where they had been enslaved had been under its own religious dictum of moral and ethical controls? It is not difficult to see that the Ten Commandments reestablished order in the chaos which was the primitive entity of Israel. Without the Ten Commandments, it is likely that the tribes of Israel would have run amok and probably been slaughtered by other emerging tribes in their area.
Those teachings have come down to us today, through believing parents and other teachers, but the old cohesive fabric may be coming unraveled. More often as decades wear onward, we are hearing, "Young people today have no morals or ethics," and we wonder if this is a true statement or if it is merely a popular thing for elders to say. Being a cockeyed optimist, I would like to pretend that those old fuddy-duddies are only having brain-farts, and everything is going to be okay.
Trouble is, I keep having this vision where, suddenly, everyone in the world pauses, looks off into the distance as if hearing a message, and they return to themselves, knowing they must "decide to unchain themselves and to be what they really are ..."