Question of the Day: What is Wrong with the World Today

You can give religious reasons or secular reasons, etc… but, what do you think, if anything, is wrong with people in the world today? The United States? You own country? Are people more miserable, anxious, and heartless, or is it just me? Are we losing a Western Humanist expression, in which we value humanity? What about individualism? Is anyone self-sufficient?

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14 Replies to “Question of the Day: What is Wrong with the World Today”

  1. In Sydney a couple of weeks ago a guy was bashed senseless because he happened to stare at someone in a fast-food joint. Look at someone the wrong way and they take offence. Road rage is a similar over-reaction over generally something very minor.

    Over-reacting seems to be getting more and more prevalent. I was pretty peeved for a few minutes today when the bus driver almost didn't stop for me, despite knowing there is a bus every 5-10 mins. But I got over it pretty fast. Why did I get over it so fast, while the woman who was asked for her concession card abused the bus driver and swore at him.

    I think Jesus is the answer. Too simplistic? No.

  2. Western Humanist values come from the Judeo-Christian worldview, which has been lost in the last 40 years or so especially. Even Greco-Roman society had the Stoics and Neoplatonism. Today, we in the west have nihilism…nothing! Modernism, to postmodernism, with deconstruction. No wonder we have lost our humanist values. Even today's many so-called a-theists lack humanist thought, rejecting the history of the Holocaust, etc. Yes, we have seen just the tip of what the scripture calls the “Apocalyptic”. It is first moral loss, or as the scripture says…”apostacy”! As Isaiah says: “Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness..” (Isa. 5:20)

  3. Father Robert is right. Then in the twentieth century 'humanism' got lost in variety of movement humanisms and focused on reason and religious acrimony …. and got even more regrettably tangled up in atheism, whereas it is not about religion, it is about inclusiveness, learning, personal morality, and character.

  4. This question was answered by G.K. Chesterton.

    'What's wrong with the world?' ” I am.”

    Nothing has changed.

    John

  5. Steph darl'in (if I may call you my Irish girl?).. I think Chesterton is speaking in the “me” of the Adamic nature, for all of us.

  6. You may of course, I like it Fr Robert, and I'm mighty flattered if you do …. I was of course being fasecious as I'm often inclined to be …. hence the 😉 wink and now a 🙂 big smile for you!

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