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Post Script: How Far We've Come

I feel somewhat optimistic about the fortunes of our species when I consider that issues such as the boundaries and ethics of advertising are now sufficiently significant to take centre stage, even briefly, when just one hundred years ago the "First World Empires" were still invading weaker nations, stealing their natural resources and murdering their people. Even if this international bullying hasn't yet completely disappeared, our cultural moral compasses have certainly swung to a better place than from whence we came.


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Or; at least we aren't drafted in to do the Empire's evil work! :-P

Go read "The World is Flat" by Thomas Friedman, I think you would find it interesting.

"...our cultural moral compasses have certainly swung to a better place than from whence we came."

Really? Or is it simply that the breadth of our moral considerations has widened with the communications explosion, while at the same time the depth of our moral considerations has become correspondingly shallow with the explosion of the pace of life. There really is no social contract anymore, just activism for this and that - and all too often ineffective, as we saw with Iraq.
There's a law of conservation of individual principles in there somewhere :)

It's an interesting way of looking at the issue, zenBen. I feel there is more of a social contract now than there was a hundred years in the past, or at least most countries have a more equitable social contract now - but the implicit nature of such things leaves it open to debate.

As for ineffective activism, I believe the value of opposition is not always in success. In countries with more than two parties, niche political parties still allow issues to be brought into the political eye that wouldn't be noticed otherwise. For instance, the Green party has no chance of being voted into power in the UK, but the very existence of the Green party forced the other parties to form environmental policies - which previously did not exist at all.

May I ask, when you say 'there really is no social contract anymore', where do you feel the contract has collapsed? Have we given up our freedoms and gained no rights? And who is in breach of contract (or perhaps, of condition): the people, the government, or both?

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