Distrust in Society
I think that today in this nation, I tend to see a lot of distrust in society. Like it said in the article, people tend to not trust something that hasn’t really given them a reason to; the newer generations grew up with such instability that there seems to be a greater chance of distrust. With all that is going on in the US right now, I believe it is more likely there will continue to be a distrust of society. There are so many disagreements and heated discussions about the state of our country that it is hard to trust your fellow members of society or the government because we have seen horrible things happen and don’t want anything to get worse.
I completely agree with @yelloworchids post when they say “As for Brooks’ question on whether we are living through a pivot or decline, I believe we are on the border of both.” They go on to explain that in some senses we are pivoting, such as the growing BLM movement and protests that showcase the underrepresented. But in other ways we could be in a decline, with a huge divide in views and values. Like Brooks said in the article, you can’t have such a great pivot in society without the trust of its members, which to me at this moment doesn’t seem very likely unless radical changes are made, and even then it is hard to see past the split of the members of our society in beliefs,etc.
When I hear these quotes about the United States being the “greatest nation in the world” or how it is a huge and amazing success story of a nation, I think about the way we were taught to think. From a young age I remember being told so much about how the US is so amazing and that other countries had nowhere near as much freedom as us, but as I learn more I realize that is not the truth at all. Plenty of other countries are in a better state than the US is right now. I think that growing up in this generation of uncertainty, it is harder for us to see this “greatest nation in the world” compared to older generations.
As I have been mentioning, I think this generation has grown up in a so-called “age of disappointment”. But @JGV said “but that doesn’t mean it's unique to my generation”, I completely agree that this isn’t the first generation of disappointment, but at the same time, no matter what generation you look at, it seems like at least one group of people was disappointed.
I have seen a lot of the “They have failed us” recently but I can also say that I have seen a lot about accountability; holding yourself and others accountable for things that one might have contributed to. But I think that goes along with the instinct of saying “they”, people don’t want to be part of a failing and disorganized system, so they take accountability when they play a part in it.
The killing of George Floyd and the pandemic play a big role in this idea of societal trust. They were opportunities of organization, unity, trust, etc. but the people didn’t hold up to the potential of these circumstances. We all know that the pandemic has gotten out of control and if everyone had just followed the guidelines and had the common sense to do what would be better in the long run, things would’ve been better now. I think that the killing of George Floyd was a point in which a sense of fear kicked in for a lot of people if it wasn’t already there, a fear of the things that are supposed to protect us and fear for our future. This fear leads to the distrust in our society.