As we begin 2017, we really are in an age where changes are taking place at breathtaking speed. For those of us who grew up in the 50’s and 60’s, when life was more stable, and when our sense of right and wrong was easily defined, today’s world is disconcerting to many of us.
What used to be right-side-up is upside-down. What used to be unacceptable is now acceptable. Children are growing up in a world where nobody wins; where you get a medal or ribbon for competing. We have become consumed with moral equivalency––we don’t judge a person by their actions. So whatever, you do, it is no better or worse than another’s actions. In the real world, there are times when we do fail and then have to pick ourselves up by the bootstraps and get on with life.
Today we commonly see the justification by some individuals for killings perpetrated by terrorists as equivalent to killings by the military during armed conflict. Similarly, we excuse aberrant behaviour in our schools, in the courts and by our parents, all complicit in mollifying the consequences of bad behaviour.
The Scottish clergyman, Peter Marshall, once stated, “If you don’t stand for something, you’ll fall for anything”. Within our system of morals and ethics, we have to take a stand. Otherwise, society breaks down. We are programming many children for failure because they can’t cope with rejection or loss. We all grew up with challenges, but it made us stronger, as we learned how to cope. Today, it is not surprising that children’s coping mechanisms are limited.
The topsy-turvy world is not just relegated to moral equivalency. Many of the underpinnings of society have been knocked on their head such as behaviour, drugs, sexuality and attitudes to health. Some in the baby boomer generation blame the state of affairs on paediatrician, Benjamin Spock, whose philosophy led to “spare the rod, spoil the child”.
We have, of course, had major transformations in attitudes towards social interactions (social media) and health care.
Looking at health care, we find that the patient has been empowered. With the explosion of the internet, we can access a plethora of information on any disease or possible disease in the body. This may be liberating for the public, but doctors are having to contend with patients self-diagnosing by way of the internet. There are also so many alternative modalities to treat ourselves, that we become confused. Should we see a chiropractor, acupuncturist, masseur, reiki therapist, homoeopath, personal trainer or naturopath? The list of practitioners is huge.
In the health field, we are bombarded––mainly because of the internet––with many differing treatments which are often contradictory. None is more evident than in the area of nutrition. Diets high in carbs, others low fat, high protein or the Paleo regime. Each one claims to be correct. The poor public is caught in the confusional crossfire.
Perhaps the answer is to make sure that we use logic with nutrition, and that we know right from wrong by developing a strong moral compass. It’s also important that we don’t pander to political correctness which seems to be taking over the western world. If we live our lives true to ourselves, we will be on the right path and not succumb to the topsy-turvy world of today.
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