I enjoyed your post CuriousKitty, and there are a several things I
might suggest as the reasons why society is functioning as it is in this country:
We are living in an age of rapidly expanding medical technology, and much more is known now than in the 1800s about illnesses and ways to treat them. In fact, technology is growing so rapidly that society is having a difficult time trying to control its consequences:i.e, cloning of humans, for example.
Secondly, we have a growing population in this country and the need to see that people are cared for well if we are to maintain our strength as a nation. The oversight that our national agencies have power to exert probably creates a hectic situation for those men and women trying to determine what is best to permit the society to have for its benefit.
Consequently, newly developed drugs may often be released without long-term adequate testing for their adverse effects as well as their beneficial effects, all in an effort to get them on the market for people desperate for relief from pain and sickness. And that's just one area of strong growth in technology. Consider communication, transportation, energy, sea research, etc., etc.
Thirdly, we live in a capitalistic society which places the value of money on a high plateau and that causes a struggle for many of our people here in the United States and in other capitalistic countries. There is much truth in the concept that "money is the root of all evil".
The drive for money is the drive for power. It is true that the drive for power leads to corruption, and absolute power leads to absolute corruption.
Fourth, we need to stamp out the burgeoning use of narcotic drugs in this nation as best we can. It is my understanding that drug officials say it will come back no matter how much effort and money are expended to stop it. Our people need to gain education regarding the uses of these brain killers.
I think those things are part of it. We may, in fact, be very fortunate that this nation does as well as it does considering the greed worldwide. The unfailing spirit of people is a large part of what
keeps things stable here in the United States, and the nobility of lives who have served their nation militarily, socially, and spiritually.
Post Edited (It's Genetic) : 5/18/2012 1:06:17 PM (GMT-6)