Over the last 50 years the life on this planet has changed dramatically. I wonder if we can fully realize what has happened to us? Here are some observations on this topic, compared to what we know about the previous history.
- People got used to the idea of change, so used to change, that they are expecting permanent change.
- Population control: sex has been separated from reproduction, contraception is universally available, Contraceptives are displayed prominently in drug stores, right up with the cigarettes and chewing gum.
- Abortion is no longer a crime.
- Homosexuality is “allowed”.
- Clothing styles became more stimulating and provocative. It is not just the amount of skin that is exposed that makes clothing sexually seductive, but other, more subtle things are often suggestive.
- Families are limited in size, divorce has become more easier and prevalent, the marriage relationship are less stable and, therefore, people are less willing to have babies.
- The old are no longer useful. They become a burden. After you have had enough of it and you’re no longer productive, working, and contributing, then you should be ready to step aside for the next generation.
- Medical care is closely connected to work. If you don’t work or can’t work, you hardly have access to medical care. Everybody is made dependent on insurance and if you don’t have insurance then you pay directly; the cost of your care is enormous.
- Children spend more time in schools, but in many schools they can’t learn much. They learn some things, but not as much as formerly. Better schools in better areas with better people, their kids can learn more.
- Students have to decide at a younger age what they would want to study and get onto their track early. It is harder to change to another field of study once you get started. Studies are concentrated in much greater depth, but narrowed. People become very specialised in their own area of expertise. But they are not able to get a broad education and not be able to understand what is going on overall.
- Gambling changed from illegal to state monopoly: state lotteries are very popular.
- Drugs and alcohol use has been increased. Alcohol abuse is both promoted and demoted at the same time.
- Sports for girls have been pushed a lot. The girls sports scores are right along with the boys sports scores in the newspapers. A role model shift: While she’s growing up she should look to be an athlete rather than to look forward to being a mother.
- Movies are gradually made more explicit as regards sex and language.
- Violence in movies has been made more graphic in order to desensitize people to violence. There might need to be a time when people would witness real violence and be a part of it? The more realistic violence in entertainment makes it easier for people to adjust.
- Music has become worse, Lyrics became more openly sexual
- Terrorism is widely used in many parts of the world
All of this has become our daily life… too sly, too unnoticed?