Almost everyone I talk to these days seems dismayed by the state of our society. Not everybody sees the same problems, nor do they see them in exactly the same way. But there are many common threads and there seems to be an almost universal belief that things used to be considerably better, even though people struggle to pinpoint exactly what has gone wrong.
I’m not going to try to construct a comprehensive list of the problems, nor am I yet going to attempt to separate cause and effect. Rather I will just list the things which concern me most:
- corruption and hypocrisy in public life
- the substitution of propaganda and lies for facts and truth from media, government, academia, and business
- corporate immorality
- government tyranny and the erosion of basic rights such as freedom of speech, privacy, the presumption of innocence, and the right to a trial
- the widening gap between haves and have-nots, and the failure of our economy to deliver an acceptable quality of life to many
- endless and morally unjustifiable wars
- diminished quality and lower standards of education
- destruction of family life
- lack of justice in our courts
- the replacement of principle, honour and tolerance with sanctimony, false piety and intolerance
Later blog entries will explore these various problems and how I believe they are related, and what we might be able to do to solve them.
But it seems clear to me, that if we do not reverse direction, we are heading for disaster.