Why has our society devolved into such selfishness?
Back when I was born, people actually cared about and helped each other. It was common for neighbors to assist each other in their farming and household tasks and a simple dinner and sharing of friendship and communication was payment enough. People looked out for each other and each other’s children. Where has that gone? Why has it become so scarce?
Personally, I believe that there are a number of reasons, but one of the biggest is government. Our government has increasingly tried to coddle us and make us believe we need them desperately in order to survive, and that they are the end all, be all of a society of people. We have a hard time getting a good job, the government helps. We struggle to pay for a mortgage we shouldn’t have taken to begin with, the government helps. We take out school loans totally beyond our ability to ever pay back, the government helps. No wonder we have come to expect the government will do this or that for us. It takes away the necessity for people to be responsible adults.
Additionally, those in my generation were busy trying to pursue the American Dream at the cost of alienating their families in exchange for the almighty buck. Families became increasingly unaware of each others’ daily activities and grew apart. Splits ups, separations and divorces became more ‘the norm’ than the exception. People had little time for religion (which, in my opinion, would have greatly helped the family troubles that were growing). And, basically, we felt that we wanted to do more than our parents did, achieve that ‘dream’ at a much earlier age no matter what it took.
Well, many did achieve that dream. A good number of those that did lost out on what is more important, however. Some are on their 2nd, 3rd, and even 4th families. Have they yet recognized what they have lost — what they could have grown into should they have worked harder at their relationships and made their careers second to their family’s well-being instead?
Sadly, I think the answer to that is an emphatic ‘No!’ When you look around you and see what is going on, you see how these people raised their children, and how their children, too, are now raising their own children, you must recognize we have lost some important aspect of humanity along the way. We seem to be more worried about who can get in front of whom on the freeway, or who can be the first one into the intersection to turn at a 4-way stop sign, or whom gets the last cabbage-patch kid on the store shelf than we are about how our neighbors and relatives are doing in their daily lives… if they are making it OK and eating well, or if they are struggling just to make ends meet and put food on the table for their children.
What is it going to take to ‘fix’ this problem? Is it even possible?
I think it is. I think it is going to take quite a wake-up call, but it will eventually happen. What it will take is something so drastic that we are going to have to depend upon our neighbors and families in order to just survive. We’re not going to have big-screen 3D TVs, and high-end gaming computers, and iPhones and all the other neat technological devices we have come to love and worship and even ‘need’. Instead, we are going to be thankful just to have a handful of beans to put into our stomachs to stop the nagging pain of hunger for awhile.
We’re Americans. We will get through bad times such as these, not easily, but we will nonetheless. The question is, will we remember it? Will we recognize the mistakes of our past and be sure not to allow history to repeat itself, or will time wipe away memories of these things and go right back to the greedy human traits that we apparently have?
Time will tell …