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)?


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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