New World, New Problems
We live in a fascinating time. In the last decade, we have witnessed a drastic change culturally, and technologically. Technology has advanced to the point where a mobile phone is now more powerful than a home computer was ten years ago, more powerful than a supercomputer was in the 1980’s. Culturally, we are probably the most tolerant of each other that we have ever been and social media has become an integral part of the way that we communicate with each other. There are also negatives, of course. The western world is still dropping bombs on innocent civilians in the middle east and calling it ‘heroism’, while any retaliation on their part is then branded ‘terrorism’. We are still pillaging our planet of its limited natural resources as if they were unlimited, without any legitimate contingency plan in place for i̶f̶ when we run out.
Donald Trump is now president elect of the U.S.A. I’m not sure whether or not this is a positive or a negative. While it does signify a collective desire for radical changes to be made politically(this desire is also evident in Britain with the vote being passed to exit the European Union), it will likely make little actual difference. Trump also carries with him some unsavoury, and potentially hazardous ideals. Donald Trump, the Donald Trump, will be the Primary Representative for the biggest western superpower, the United States of America. I suspect though, that a large proportion of the Trump bashing brigade does not actually possess any knowledge of Trump and his ideals beyond a ‘Worst Donald Trump Quotes’ video that they came across while scrolling through their Facebook news feed. It has become a trend to mock Trump. Make a Trump joke and you get to sound political as well as get a guaranteed laugh from people who are in on said trend.
We currently have huge inequality throughout our planet. There are people in developed countries with more money than they could hope to spend in numerous lifetimes. While simultaneously, there are people in non-developed countries without access to enough food or clean water to survive. How, in this era of political-correctness and equality, do we continue to let this grossly unjust model continue?
Here in the developed world, we aren’t faced with life or death scenarios in our daily lives. In fact, if you looked at us from the outside-in, you would see a thriving society seemingly inundated with positive and exciting stimuli. However, despite this, suicide is a leading cause of death among our young people and loneliness and depression are at an all-time high. Due to our adoption of social media, we are more ‘connected’ than ever before. Why is it then, that our society is full of lonely people? Evidently, there is something that we are not accounting for. These problems will not disappear if we simply refuse to look at them for long enough, they will only worsen. Although social media has enabled us to garner a higher quantity of connections, it may have also lessened the quality of the them in the process, eradicating a lot of the face-to-face communication that was previously necessary. We cannot keep living by the same rules that were applied in pre-tech saturated eras. They are outdated and apply to a different world than the one we now inhabit. We must be aware that we are living in a new world, and a new world brings with it new problems and the need to find new solutions.