Good and bad are the flip sides of the same coin. In every good there is a bad side to it. Along with prosperity there are the down-sides. The survey done by Joseph Rowntree Foundation shows the down-sides prosperity has brought to the United Kingdom. Seven ‘evils’ are highlighted by 3,500 participants. From what I see is happening in our Malaysian society, things are not much different. Malaysian society has also enjoyed a span of prosperous time, ugly heads have also surfaced here. Reading the article by Steve Doughty who writes for the MailOnline, we see we are experiencing exactly the same symptoms. Is this enough to wake us up from our slumber.
The seven evils that scar British society: Report blames greed and moral collapse
Britain is beset by seven social evils that undermine all the good brought by prosperity, one of the country’s leading research groups said yesterday.
Greed, collapsing moral values and the decline of old-fashioned virtues such as honesty and tolerance were named as blights on the lives of millions.
The abuse of drink and drugs, the permanence of poverty, the failure of political institutions and the breakdown of the family are also scourges that deeply worry most of the population, the group said.
The report was produced by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation – whose work is closely studied by Labour leaders – after consultation with 3,500 people.
It comes more than a century after the group’s founder, a Quaker and chocolate maker from York, called for efforts to ‘search out the underlying causes of weakness or evil in the community’, and identified seven of his own.
The group said that while many of today’s problems can be solved, social evils run deeper and are ‘something more complex, menacing and indefinable’.
They ‘imply a degree of skepticism, realism or despair over whether any remedy can be found’, the report added.
It said some evils, such as alcohol abuse, are the same as those familiar when Joseph Rowntree set up the Foundation in 1904.
Others are a more modern phenomenon, in particular the concern about family breakdown and its impact on the way children are brought up.
Many of those who responded to the survey were worried about individualism, declining community and greed.
One remarked: ‘Some people who live alone have more regular contact with characters from soap operas than they do with friends and neighbours.’
Others feel that people’s ‘moral compass’ has failed them, and that too many people claim rights but assume no responsibilities.
Joseph Rowntree chief executive Julia Unwin, an adviser to Gordon Brown on social issues, said: ‘ Notwithstanding the difficulties that the recession has created in people’s lives, the inquiry demonstrates a commitment to identify the common good in shaping a better society and a passionate conviction that our unsustainable present offers an unreliable route map for our future’.
The original social ills discovered by Joseph Rowntree in 1904 were poverty, war, slavery, intemperance, the opium trade, impurity and gambling.
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