The traditional/conventional, yet liberal, environment in which I was raised, has been the crucible where the fundamental social and religious values melted together to forge the person I have become. Values like family, love, tolerance, respect, integrity, honesty, mercy, loyalty, solidarity, independence and reason; have outlined, among others, the untouchable boundaries of my mind’s Liberty and Freedom. Accordingly, we (my generation and I) lived by the code: my liberty ends where yours begins.. Simple and practical.
Today instead, things have drastically changed.. Every known value to my aging brain has turned into its precise opposite, and I can’t recognise my stand anymore, because the gap separating Conventional from Modern is dangerously widening.
Every decade new standards are being set and re-set to establish new modifications to the existing measures. Why? To meet the new Demand.. The frequent modifications could be justifiable in the fields of scientific research and discoveries; but not in moral, ethic and ideal Principles and Values.
Example: the Medical Society can modify in + or – the parameters measuring the diagnosis and therapy for a certain pathology, but only as a result of a thorough scientific research, or in light of new discoveries, not based upon a debatable Market Research.
Also the decreasing of an established measure of pollution for political reasons cannot be justifiable or even acceptable, because it affects negatively the health standards of a given population against the positively growing benefits of an industrial lobby.
Things became worse when such modifications began to show on moral, social and political Values and Principles.. A trend which started earlier in the 17th and 18th centuries as a Populist Demand to conquer and defeat the Absolutistic dominion of Monarchic and Religious Institutions over every aspect of the commons’ daily life; but soon after the Great Revolutions that trend turned upon the essence of existence itself: Family and Gender.
Only in the past seven decades, terms like Freedom and Liberty have suffered the consequences of many modifications, procuring them the kind of elasticity, and flexibility, that allowed them to include Dissoluteness, Disintegration, and Libertinage! Thus, in today’s New Globalised World Order, sacrosanct Conventional values as Freedom of Expression and Civil Rights became the safe haven for Pornography, Civil Unions, Same Gender Union and Marriage, Free Safe Sex, Abortion.. Etc.
When Modern became synonym to Progress, the Conventional and Regress became one!! Henceforth, everything became appetisingly feasible and acceptable with no limits or barriers of any kind: Moral, Ethical, Social, Traditional, Political, Economic or Religious. Because all of these have been absorbed by the term Modern Civilisation.
Conventional as I am, I refuse that Civilisation.Pass On The Word.