The Demise of Social Conscience

I remember as a young child in the early 1950s it was always drummed into me that we must always respect the space around others we meet in public. I have always taken this social conscience to mean don’t walk within a metre or two of others where context allows, like in a public park or open space. It also means where a view is involved in a particular direction and a choice is available you walk behind them not through their view.

Over the last decade in particular this social conscience seems to be dying. I comment on this sad state of affairs at least weekly if not more often. This morning we parked in the only ocean-facing spot in the Tugun surf club car park and drank our coffees in the car because of rain threatening. There were a couple of guys standing on the grass gazing at the ocean just in front of the parking space. Did they think of moving a couple of metres to the completely empty space 20 metres on either side to allow us the view? They did not, and just for full measure another guy and a couple of their kids came to join them. For 15 minutes this was our view of the ocean about a metre in front of the bonnet.

2011-01-15 Social Conscience at Tugun 001 (640x473)

How’s that for a deep social conscience? We broke out laughing two or three times but these guys did not cotton on. What is the world coming to (as my mother used to say)?

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About Michael Rees
Academic in IT interested in Web 2.0 and social media

2 Responses to The Demise of Social Conscience

  1. nick says:

    I understand the frustration, however it strikes me as a demise of social interaction and possibly a little passive aggressive on your parts ? (No offense ). I feel that a gentle and polite nudge to their lack of consideration may have the desired effect and likely to effect apology on their part. Peace and light !

  2. Michael Rees says:

    I find it sad that it might be necessary to mention such a lack of consideration that should be present in all of us. Every one of my attempts at a ‘polite nudge’ in the past has been met with a reaction as far away from an apology as it is possible to imagine.

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