That is what is happening. A diet of abuse of the poor, and of praise for the rewards of materialism has diminished us as people, undermined our empathy, destroyed our compassion and left us not caring for our neighbours.
We don’t ask why there are no jobs. We blame those who do not have them.
We don’t even seem to care about those who really cannot work. That apparently is their own fault.
I could say that this is the result of the decline of faith in our society. But I’m not even sure it is that. The logic of these attitudes has been embraced by some of faith, at least in the US but no doubt it’s creeping here too. Prosperity is seen as a reward for virtuousness and poverty as the wages of sin, to use language not all will feel comfortable with.
And that’s just wrong. Poverty exists because we permit it. Because we tolerate it. Because we ignore it. Because we pretend it could never happen to us or anyone we know. Because we’d rather watch the television. Because we want whatever next is advertised. Because we’re told having is what matters and those that do not have do not matter as a result.
And yes, that makes me sad.
But why would this make anyone angry? Least of all The Murph?
I thought democracy was our highest value? That the views of the populace should be reflected in what government does?
After all, we keep being told that the movement of capital must be restricted so that it can be forced to pay the democratically correct amount of tax. Why shouldn\’t the democratic idea that there are people taking advantage of the welfare system similarly be reflected in what government does?