I think the social climate in the united states is more like the wizard of oz hiding behind his curtain, smiling away because he skewed social media and the press away from allowing the world and people to be more democratic and instead created a space for more civil incivility. The irony is that people accepted this as normal or usual.
The bad behavior, incivility, and judgment and condemnation flowing with ease from people who probably would not behave that way 30 years ago.
I have watched youth ignore holding a door for the elderly, I have seen healthy young men not giving up a seat on the train for their elders. even policemen once looked upon with respect are now pushed behind giant walls of organizations seeming more bent on running like a profitable business than a service to “protect and serve.”
Yes, the country is a bit out of whack or skew. Not because we can learn a bit of simple social mannerisms and ways to live, but rather, we have created the land of the individual in a country where the beauty was that everyone came from somewhere else and it was those differences that allowed the innovation and idea growth for the nation. It is even sad to suggest that schools give classes in basic social manors that are deemed acceptable to the democracy, but with the failing of what is basic parenting, and/or the breakdown of the family in the country to a different model, what didn’t follow is simple core human decency when people are in public spaces.
You can see the opposite of this is Switzerland and Japan. I would say Japan is a better example as they do have a larger population. The advantage the Swiss have is that they have a tiny country and it is much easier to get an idea or process through a small space and manage it. My joke with Switzerland is the way they choose to operate the path to any change. In Japan, you have more of an issue with the aging being considerable and it was fascinating to see the shift between the traditional way things were done and women getting fed up with the men and having their own careers. I still chuckle that my counterpart negotiated a Maserati for a grandson.
Reading the news today, I seriously wonder if people realize we are all a bit screwed up and that people can and do change over time. It is one of the weaknesses I see in the USA where lifelong learning, and/or a path for everyone to learn as they age could somehow be instilled into the public. The current way is to learn, earn, then retire and die. The game is skewed in that by the time most young kids retire, there will be no retirement for a lot of people on paper this looks like a giant problem, yet, with minimalism and simplicity, it doesn’t have to be one. What would have to change is the idea that a consumerism society is an end-all to productivity and making money?
What about having a decent quality of life? what about people treating each other well because they are happy and realize stuff is nice, but it will never fill you?”
Today’s wizards are the folks that own the data. I wager they are in the boardrooms smiling away as they invented a new way to print money for themselves. The difference is that it is a very small few who really own and control a great deal. I wouldn't have a problem with that if the few realized the great power and responsibility that comes with such great resources.
Life is indeed a mystery. Today, I look at the united state's landscape and build a snapshot from driving back and forth across is and realize we can just do better. maybe I will take another 10 minutes and brainstorm ideas for “how.’
Lately, I am looking at the elderly populations and wondering how to feed them decent quality food. I never thought I would see so many hungry kids and elderly in this country as I do today. when I say hungry, I mean hungry beyond sugar and fat laden processed stuff.