Two young boys allegedly being viciously beaten by two other young boys is just a single, shocking incident. Yet it may strike us as a symbol for a society which has gone seriously wrong.
At one end of the scale we have bankers who have thrown us into a fearful economic mess while emerging wealthy with bonuses and pensions, and politicians who, quite legally, milk the allowances paid for by us for every penny they can get – while claiming that their sole interest is the good of society.
At the other end we have overcrowded prisons, a high rate of teenage pregnancy, cohabitation swiftly replacing marriage, and fearful difficulties in many schools with undisciplined pupils. Killing the young before they are born is considered acceptable – even admirable, by people who are horrified by the memory of the Holocaust. You can make your own list.
Yet we have a legal structure which appears to cover every human activity, and a surveillance system through camera and database to ensure that Big Brother is always watching you. (After all why should you worry if you’re not doing anything wrong?) Even many local councils use terrorism laws, which were designed for tracking terrorism and serious crime, for the spying out of petty offences.
The old saying “If you’re in a hole, stop digging” seems to apply. We all have some general ideas of how society ought to be, but it’s harder to discern practical ways through which that could be achieved. It certainly doesn’t seem to be the way we’re travelling now.
So what do you see as the major problems, and ways in which they could be put right or at least alleviated? And what can we do personally to contribute?
I should really like to know.