The Demise of Social Conscience


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I remember as a young child in the early 1950s it was always drummed into me that we must always respect the space around others we meet in public. I have always taken this social conscience to mean don’t walk within a metre or two of others where context allows, like in a public park or open space. It also means where a view is involved in a particular direction and a choice is available you walk behind them not through their view.

Over the last decade in particular this social conscience seems to be dying. I comment on this sad state of affairs at least weekly if not more often. This morning we parked in the only ocean-facing spot in the Tugun surf club car park and drank our coffees in the car because of rain threatening. There were a couple of guys standing on the grass gazing at the ocean just in front of the parking space. Did they think of moving a couple of metres to the completely empty space 20 metres on either side to allow us the view? They did not, and just for full measure another guy and a couple of their kids came to join them. For 15 minutes this was our view of the ocean about a metre in front of the bonnet.

How’s that for a deep social conscience? We broke out laughing two or three times but these guys did not cotton on. What is the world coming to (as my mother used to say)?

Republished with author's permission from original post.

Michael Rees
Mijare Consulting
I am an IT academic interested in Web 2.0 application development and use, social media tools for organisations and individuals, virtualisation and cloud computing applications.


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