A friend of mine (David) has penned some speculations on how future generations will view us.
Here are some of the questions that he suggests will strike them about us.
'How could you have been so unfeeling towards people with mental disorders?', 'How could you have been so blind to the barbarity of the meat industry?' (I've paraphrased that one.), 'How could you have been so indifferent to the financially insecure?'
I have cited just a tiny sample of the issues David raised because it's not tenable to discuss more than one or two questions at a time.
Firstly, there is a thematic question that underlies all the questions (not just the tiny sample I've cited) that he raises.
That question (in the minds of future generations about us) is, How could we (today) be so ignorant and foolish with regard our natural (ecosphere) and social environments?
I think that's quite an easy question to answer because ignorance and stupidity are simply a question of one's sources of (dis)information, which reveals the source of the problem, because most people get their info from the mainstream media, e.g. BBC.
Indifference to the poor is something that is promoted by our media. The propaganda is persistently pushed that rich people are rich, and poor people poor, because that is the consequence of living in a meritocracy. That is: the *lie* is persistently promoted that we live in a *meritocracy*.
The meat industry is a good question but, again, it comes back to the media. If there were more documentaries (or dramas or anything) based on the meat industry, that would quickly kill it. There are plenty of dramas set in workplaces, such as police departments, schools and hospitals. And these even boost recruitment to those areas of work because (young) viewers get a feel for day-to-day life there. But day-to-day life in the meat industry, e.g. abattoirs, is a horror show. That is why there is no such drama on tv, because that would kill recruitment. And that is also why there are hardly any documentaries about the meat industry - because that would kill consumption of the product.
So the underlying thematic question regarding people's lack of enlightenment is simply down to an overall rotten media.