I’ve had a few conversations recently about what a selfish world we’re living in today.

I really don’t know if it’s me that’s changing as I get older, or that the world is changing around me. I suspect it’s a bit of both, and more of the latter.

I may have a blinkered, biased view of the world in respect of the 1979-on Thatcher government (and anyone is welcome to point this out in the comments if they can justify it), but it feels to me that this attitude started then: Loadsamoney was a parody, but there’s truth there. “Shut your mouth and look at my wad”. Screw you all, I’m OK. Screw the poor, the disabled, the elderly or anyone not able to stand up for themselves. Hell, if you can’t afford books, you won’t be allowed to read. It’s endemic and comes from the top, and to be honest, the last government didn’t do enough to reverse this attitude.

It’s a depressing state. I know that not everyone is like this, and indeed that there’s always been selfish people, but it seems to me that the baseline of society has shifted towards ‘screw you’.

People are selfish in the pub, selfish when parking, selfish on planes, selfish with their environment and selfish driving (I’ve experienced a rare near miss there just last week from someone who thought ‘fuck it, I’m going”). Driving often brings out the worst in people, so I suppose it’s only right that’s where we see it the most, but there’s plenty of examples everywhere.

There’s some previous discussion along these lines over at Come the Revolution.

3 Responses to “Selfish”

  1. Stu Says:

    I’m not sure it can be reversed by the government. It needs to be reversed by the man in the street. Acts of generosity, given with no conditions. Hopefully others will see the good in them, and follow suit. I believe that’s the only way forward.

    Sure, the generous will be taken advantage of to some extent by the greedy, but any other way would lead to those who would be generous being greedy themselves. And the generous know that the greedy aren’t really happy.

  2. Countrie Bumkin Says:

    Yeah I think it’s getting worse as well. I keep thinking it’s grumpy old men syndrome but it seems endemic, especially in the black country. Driving is more of a hazard than it’s been for ages. I’ve now resorted to looking in people’s eyes before committing myself at a junction. I shouldn’t have to do that.

    Makes you feel like moving to somewhere remote and let them get on with it as a couple of my friends from Poly have done.

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