I don’t know whether I’m just simply getting old to experience hallucinating disorientations, or is it truly a fact of today’s life that the set of values upon which my generation grew up with and by, have mutated to the point of becoming unidentifiable.
The newspapers along with the TV news are shelling us every single day with horrifying news regarding the new distracted breed of “parents”.
Here is a father who forgets his new born child in the car, parked under the August sun, for six hours while he sits serenely at his air-conditioned office exercising his job duties, and completely unaware of his crime!! The child died in hospital after three days in coma.
And there is another one, of the same breed, who leaves his five year old son, unattended, in the semi deserted public swimming pool from one o’clock under the boiling afternoon sun till four o’clock. If it weren’t for another pool client, who came rushing to shake him awake from inside his car, parked in the cool shade of a large sycamore tree.. The abandoned child died drowning, surely agonizing, while his irresponsible father was enjoying his siesta!
How to judge such parents? I prefer to leave that to each one of you, as such examples are multiplying day by day, and are proving the cultural mutation which disfigured a fundamental value: “RESPONSIBILITY”. However, let me say that they are unfit to provide society with responsible and reliable individuals, potentially capable of managing and, why not, ruling!
Same applies to nations and governments. As we find responsible governments planning strategically their future, by completely obliterating the errors of their past, we encounter other unfit and weak governments, continuing to concede to the pressures of the lobbies and those of the “friend of…” , to decide a decree or pass on a law suitable for the personal interests of X or Y. As such they open the door wide open to corruption and injustice for starters.
I’ll give the example of two middle aged friends, who honestly worked their backs a life long to raise their children according to the essential set of “Values” same as they have received from their fathers, and their fathers from theirs. Those two friends, at a certain point of their carrier, discovering that they will never go any further up the hierarchy, have decided to start a private business of their own with regard to the only experience they were able to accumulate in over thirty years of hard honest work.
Good? No! As the ‘naïf’ couple plan to register their desired partnership as a company of limited responsibility for management (in jargon: Ltd); the unexpected surprise came along quickly enough to kill their high hopes and colourful daydreams. The Egyptian laws request a deposit of two million pounds! Why? What for? If they had that sum why in heaven they would’ve wanted to start a private small business? And if, by any hallucinating fantasy, they hypothetically had the money, why should it remain blocked in a closed account in favour of the state to do whatever it wants with and without even a simple prior notice “For Info”? Isn’t that a blunt official protection to the “haves” thus violating the basic right of the “have-nots” for an “Equal Opportunity”?
Wouldn’t it be simpler, and more practical as well as functional, to invite the ‘sub-entry’ in play of the banks to finance and the insurance companies to guarantee, in order to let the production and employment process have their take?
Those are practices of the past, and as long as they remain in force, I don’t see the light at the other end of the tunnel.
I hope that someone ‘is’ at home!