Has the world become so politically correct, that speaking up merits ridicule and common sense is forfeited for ridiculous notions about sitting in compliancy?
At the 2003 Oscars, Michael Moore upon receiving his Oscar for 'Bowling for Columbine' spoke of his disagreement with the war in Iraq and the pronouncement of 'weapons of mass destruction' to elicit U.S. involvement. Moore was booed and if there were supporters in the audience, they kept it to themselves. Years later, we are feeling the effects of the imbalance created because of undue interference in this region of the world. Had more people stood up and voiced their concern, perhaps we would not be facing the crisis of fundamentalist resentment and terrorism borne of an imbalance in true governmental and religious controls. It is a warning flag to Western society that too often brushes difficulties under the carpet, rather than be seen to oppose collective notions.
Where are the songs of protest in contemporary music today? Where are the people willing to risk some of their own personal peace for the sake of the world? In a time of rampant unemployment and outsourcing for the sake of corporate profits and at the expense of the working class at home; in a time when employers hold all the cards while those who spent their money on educations for careers find none, where are the people to bring change? While we watch whole cities disintegrate, where is the public outrage; the cries against greed?
The 'Occupy' protest of 2011, was formed to highlight the social and economic inequality in the world today. It's roots were with a Canadian anti-consumerism, pro-environment publication called 'Adbusters' and protests calling for change sprung up around the world, perhaps most notably, 'Occupy Wall Street'. Protesters were met with a despondent public, police harassment though their protest was peaceful and criticism that the 1% statistic, unrealistically represented the situation as to who holds the world's wealth.
So perhaps we have lost the message that our grandparents and those before them knew well. That change is elicited and comes from hard work and in valid and justified causes. Perhaps we have come to believe we are powerless and that we should bow to those authorities who know better what they are doing. And if religion was once a way to control the masses, maybe polite adherence is the new control and we are all far too civilized to make waves, even when we are up to our necks. "The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil, is for good men to do nothing." - Edmund Burke