It’s almost the end of 2019, and I am wrapping up my blog for the year with a few thoughts; some joyous, some sombre.
The joy is that, for some, Christmas is upon is, as is the New Year. It is a time for family, and to enjoy a brief respite from the labours of the world. As has been earned, and as we should.
But for me this year is also set against a sombre darkness. When I look around at what is happening globally; at the ugly end-game of greed and entitlement into which the neo-liberal revolution of the 1980s has fallen; at the way certain social media platforms amplify polemic and reduce reason to asserted slogans – a litmus test, perhaps, for human nature; and when I look at the way national sentiments around the globe are becoming polarised for deeper-running socio-economic reasons, I have to wonder about where society is going.
Is humanity that shallow, that divided, that hate-filled? I hope not; but still, I fear for our future. We are seeing an unerring drift globally towards the attitudes, ideologies and behaviours that the Second World War was fought to stop. And we are seeing it in some of the democracies who, back then, were prepared to sacrifice much in the name of humanity, lest the world fall into a moral dark age. Do we never learn?
For all that, I am ultimately optimistic. And I hope that the holiday season gives all of us time to enjoy the warmth of family, and to enjoy the goodness of humanity that must, surely – and I very much hope – ultimately triumph.
Copyright © Matthew Wright 2019