Eve Of Destruction

Can anyone tell me what happened to social conscience? Maybe it’s out there, perhaps it exists in tweets or percolates in realms outside my middle aged perception. It could be that my idea of social conscience is locked in a dusty vault, a time capsule indicative of my age. Before social media, in a world where protest stirred in the hearts of citizens, and resounded with a collective cry for change.

I can’t help but think protest has lost its way. Listening to Vietnam era anti war songs evokes a sense of despair. Where has our social conscience gone?

3 thoughts on “Eve Of Destruction

  1. I fear that with so many problems in the world the media have effectively conditioned the populace to be angry and whine, instead of taking significant action. After all, the average Facebook page is crammed with cute memes about all the things that ought to be but no one is tweating or Facebooking about the great or humble things they are doing to help their neighbor or the earth.
    Then again, look at the popular music from those decades — they had actual lyrics that progressed from point a to point b. Most of the songs today seem to be mostly lyric less with half a dozen words just repeated over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over…. get my point? 🙂

  2. I’m pleased to report that in the bastion of social conscience – France – national social debate and disagreement, strikes, protest marches and heated local and individual discussions are alive and kicking.

    As a conservative citizen (on a scale of french ex-communism/socialism), I do not travel through french airports during holidays because it is guaranteed that some group will be venting their disagreement and stop air traffice somehow. In between, the teachers, hospital staff, students – lots of students – will take to the streets to defend the most important social cause ever identified: their own.

    In France the number 1968 is a very important number. All, and I mean all middle aged folk in France know what they did during the student uprisings. They have taught their offspring of flaming barricades and easy sex. French youth hear these stories with pride and jalousy. They take any occasion to re-ennact 1968.

    Even the north african immigrants – many millions – have adopted the model of burning cars and taking to the streets to confront the establishment, exactly like their hosts.

    There is a pre-conditon for social consciousness: social proverty and unfairness. Plenty of that in France…

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