The events of the past few weeks and the violence we have seen has put us all on edge.
I have thought long and hard about what could save society and change the direction we are heading, which in my opinion the decay of society. We are
living in horrific times. Every day now almost, there is some horrendous attack or mass murder or scandal, and it seems like its just getting worse
and worse. Whats notable is that its happening from the micro scale to the macro scale in society, from girl scouts having their cookie money stolen
to billions of dollars in theft through financial malfeasance to ethnic cleansing, religous turmoil, wars or threat of war. Its not any one group,
race, sex, age group, ethnicity or culture that is solely behind it. Its happening in all groups, all walks of life, all cultures. So I thought
further and tried to imagine a commonality in all of this, a force thats driving it, that permeates our global society.
What I came up with is in many of us, in varying levels of severity, there is a failure of our mental machinery to differentiate between what is moral
and what is not, what is right and what is wrong. Its like some people are no longer able to even conceptualize right and wrong, and the result of
this failure in cognition is that they are doing some pretty violent and destructive things.
For a civilization to thrive there need to be some basic rules:
1. Do not kill.
2. Do not steal.
3. Do not lie.
4. do not show jealousy towards the results of hard work.
5. Be honest.
6. Take care of your children
7. Take care of your parents.
8. Do no violence towards others.
9. Make an effort to take actions that benefit the common good and future generations.
10. Respect the Earth.
You see these rules in different religions, different cultures through the ages, but they are all pretty much the same rules. For many centuries
mankind at least made the attempt to strive to do good. To resist violence. To show compassion. We have seen failings of these things but there has
also been progress.
But now, the ONE rule that seems to apply is THE ENDS JUSTIFY THE MEANS. We see it in business, politics, societal interactions. People seem the
rationalize that as long as they get what they want, its ok to use any means to get it as long as they can get away with it. Power, money,
relationships, all see it in play. I think there are three things driving it.
1. FEAR. People are fearful of the future and the world situation and rationalize that immoral or unethical acts are justified if it grants them some
sense of security. Getting rich on Wall Street is a good example of this.
2. Loss of moral institutions. Churches are emptying out for decades now. Less people believe in God, or that a supreme being is going to judge them
and make them accountable for their actions. Also I think the fact that society is becoming less well read, and more adept at reading on the internet
and sound bytes and trends in popular culture. As a result we have less to draw from when making ethical calculations or thinking abstractly about
3. COMPETITION. The population is skyrocketing. There are less jobs to go around. Less opportunities to be found. People feel cheated in some way bv
this and it helps them rationalize ruthless behavior to get what they want. The law of the jungle, and the jungle is getting more crowded.
How to we recover from this? First I think we have to accept that our society has a crisis of conscience. Then we have to adapt a new set of rules to
fit the new structure of our society. A set of rules that are fair to everyone. And we have to have the courage to draw the line on what is
acceptable and what is not in society. I think a nice start to that one is to end capital punishment and deadly force. We should develop effective
technologies for law enforcement that utilize non lethal force. We need to state that LIFE IS SACRED. All peoples lives, regardless of color,
ethnicity, sex, sexual orientation, or level of wealth. I think just the inference of the idea that we ALL HAVE WORTH will radiate out into our
society and have a cascade effect and heal some deep wounds.
We have to start soon because the way things are heading, we dont have a lot of time.
Well thats it, just wanted to get that off my chest. Good luck to us all.
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