Social criticism points out foibles the media-fed masses have come to consider mainstream. Only when erroneous behaviors/habits – backed up by data – have caused illness, addiction, depression, and hearing loss do some abstain to preserve their life. Outsiders or older people who recognize social ills are viewed as haters, while they are the caring ones.
Whether we look at the economy, environment, foods, arts, music, entertainment, so-called sports, drugs, etc., there are arguments against how things were handled and how they turned out instead. The rampant destruction of our environment to mass-produce items which would have been healthier on a slower scale; the arts (accessible primarily in metropolitan areas); music (having sunk so extremely low that most people can no longer sing or recognize a melody, but have settled for dissonant, heavy noises harmful for their ears and general well-being); sports (can only be healthy if practiced voluntarily, for joy and no profits); drugs (well, we have seen how superimposing the pharmaceutical world has stretched out its lush TV ad fangs).
“The Intelligent Optimist,” a Dutch magazine in English, reports about positive happenings around the globe of individuals striving to improve not only their own disposition, but that of the world. We are all exposed to influences. It is up to us to ferret out what works and what doesn’t for ourselves and for future generations. Let us feed our souls’ much needed introspective stillness.
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