America's Moral Convulsion
This is an unprecedented time in human history. As we are living history is constantly being made. Scientists are finding new planets, computers are getting faster and faster which each passing year. We have all these great achievements, but they’re all set to the backdrop of a distrusting society. Of course people are losing trust in society. When you watch the video of George Floyd’s death, one of very many, and you see him call out for his dead mother, while a police officer is kneeling on his neck, you should be disgusted. A man who is supposed to be keeping society in check, a police officer, is suffocating a man before the eyes of the American people. This video is one of the reasons people are so depressed and untrustworthy. If you can’t even trust an officer of the law to keep people safe, then who can you trust. This why I believe we are living through the decline of American society. America is being exposed for what it has always been, a hateful society. The Proud Boys, the KKK, organizations like these never went away during America’s many pivots and financial booms. They were never stopped, or if they were they just reunited again. America has had racial issues ever since its founding, but now there are social, economic, and racial issues occuring all at the same time. These things are the perfect combination for a country to tear itself apart from within, civil war.
When I hear America is the greatest nation in the world, I take a moment to think of what average life for an American is, and compare it to average life around the world. America, is a good country, but its far from the greatest nation in the world. Compared to rest of the world is country is good, relatively speaking. But we still have people who have to sleep outside in the cold, people who go hungry, and people who are killed because of the color of their skin and who they love. America can’t seem to solve these problems. America cannot seem to get over the fact that all people are equal, because if America did realize this, we would never be in this situation in the first place.
I have grown up in the age of disappointment. I don’t think there’s an argument to refute this. I grew up in the aftermath of 9/11 and the economic recession. I watch old movies where the characters are in airports smoking and I immediately cringe, because every fiber of my being says: “This isn’t right”. I never got to live through the social and economic freedoms before these events. All I received were the terrible ripple effects. There have been studying saying we are less likely to believe in the American dream, and in God. This is because we have received a system of organized chaos upon birth, but that chaos has unraveled in 2020, and now we are truly left with nothing but negative ripple effects.
I totally agree with Yuval Levin, and his views on the mentalities viewing the succeeding and failing systems. When the system does its job, when it works to fuel a functioning society, people of course want this system to keep succeeding. On the other hand if the system fails people start to think about what went wrong. People start the resent the system designed to keep them safe. The natural state of human beings is to shift the blame on to others. The problem is in the system, but how does the system get fixed? The system can only be fixed by people. There is nothing else capable of fixing the system. People cannot be blamed for blunders if the system is broken. A bad system hurts everyone, and a good system helps everyone. But only good people can fix a bad system, and only bad people can break a good system.
Covid, George Floyd, and fear are nothing but wood to the fire of transition. Right now they are kindling a fire of American slipping into downfall. People have been failed by the core systems keeping society running. A steady job, a trustworthy police department, and food to eat, have been gradually disappearing throughout the last couple of months. Key pillars of society are rotting, and fear is only accelerating the process. The article mentioned in June gun sales were up 145%. This is not a sign of progress. Progress is moving toward a society were guns aren’t a priority. Fear is taking over, its rotting the system, its changing the ways people are thinking about their future. America still has a chance of moving in the right direction, a direction where the system works, but current events are very telling of what is most likely to happen: a decline.