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Lamenting the moral void into which society has fallen

July 7, 2018

It seems unimaginable that people could respond with so much violence instead of a simple, “Excuse me, did you hear what I said?”” As a nurse and a Christian, I’ve tried to be tolerant of others. It isn’t always easy. We don’t know what the other person is going through and should not make snap judgments.

Matthew Wright

I cannot but lament the moral void into which the world seems to be falling. Political intrigue. Weaponised social media. A new definition of ‘facts’ based not on empirical reality but on personal need. And it shows. I think everyday behaviour’s deteriorating, likely worldwide – and certainly around me.

I worry about a loss of moral core in society, a loss of a sense of tolerance and care for each other. These days, it seems, going out for an hour or two is invitation to have burglars strip the place (as happened to some people I know this week). Or people treat others as less than human, apparently for existing or – often – not responding as expected. It happened to me the other week when I was walking past the national cenotaph in Wellington the other week, deeply wrapped in my own thoughts, and became vaguely aware of somebody…

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