**Disclaimer** This article is my observation of the general society. Is it neither aimed at anyone nor meant to serve as a message to anyone. I value everyone’s opinions. If you agree or disagree with my observations, please leave me a comment. In the past, people have decided to stop being my friend because of we differ in opinion. That is not something I can control. We all have the right to have different opinions and to share them. I apologise in advance if my article offends you.
Telling your friends about your issues will possibly never solve the problems. Telling the people who hurt you will definitely not solve the problem. Most of the time, they will either find a way to justify their actions or take offence. I’m sorry… You took offence?
Its a strange world we live in and unfortunately there is no way out of it. We HAVE to live here. We HAVE to live with the same people day after day, night after night. I wish I could pay a monthly fee of $14.99 and upgrade to Life GOLD which entails no shit. Now, that’s a business I want to start. Any partners and investors?
I want to say that people have lost their humanity and their sense of guilt and compassion. How many of you would concur unconditionally? By unconditionally, how many of you thought your actions never hurt anyone but in actual fact it did and you didn’t give it a second thought because you created some self-justifying system? Let’s be honest here. No matter how simple or small or insignificant the matter was, how many of us have truly felt guilt because of our actions? Believe it or not, the smallest amount guilt have completely upset my day to the point where I dropped everything and went home and sulked. Maybe I am overly sensitive and a complete idiot. The point is, I don’t find anything wrong in that. I was born with human qualities and part of that means being empathetic and thoughtful. After all, wasn’t our primary school teachers raving on and on about how thoughtful we should be? Did we forget these basic lessons of life?
In his theory of natural selection, found in the book title Origin of Species, Charles Darwin suggested that “survival of the fittest” was the basis for our survival. At first, the principal attraction of natural history studies was to confirm the ingenuity of God. The publication of Darwin’s On the Origin of Species in 1859 changed this attitude. In his chapter on instinct, Darwin was concerned with whether behavioural traits can evolve as a result of natural selection. Since then, biologists have recognized that the behaviours are adaptations that exist because they have, over evolutionary time helped their bearers to survive and reproduce. This theory was based on long-term observations of animals in their natural settings.
The University of Michigan published a study  showing that today’s youth are approximately 40 percent less empathetic than youth from the 1980’s. Reasons for this drop-in empathy is anyone’s guess, but the increase in media (both social and mainstream) and violent video games have been trotted out as the likely suspects.
Social media have played a huge role in the drop of compassion levels in human beings. Competitiveness and a must-succeed-at-all-costs philosophy is far more. Feeling empathy for others takes time and effort, which could be better spent, in our minds, on achieving our own goals. Call me a conspiracy theorist but could all of this be pre-planned? Has it always been in the agenda of the rulers of the world that they will diminish human bonds to make it easier to control the masses?
Why have we become the “Me Generation”? Kornrath, who is also affiliated with the University of Rochester Department of Psychiatry concludes that “young adults today comprise one of the most self-concerned, competitive, confident, and individualistic cohorts in recent history.” Kornrath argues that part of the explanation for decreased levels of empathy for young people may be as a result of changes in parenting styles in the 1980’s, when parents focused on nurturing if not spoiling children, and focused on success and competition. The researchers observed that young people today “may be so busy worrying about themselves and their own issues that they don’t have time to spend empathizing with others, or at least perceive such time to be limited.” Why have we become so unconsciously programmed to be competitive? Society has truly changed. “Success” does not mean there is a pre-emptive right to feel superior. We no longer feel the need to turn around and ask a simple question because we have justified this as “Its their private life, I do not want to invade.” We longer feel tht our actions could upset another. We are all programmed to look straight ahead and reach the top. Social responsibility has been replaced with competition and self-regard.
So where does that leave us? Are we becoming more narcissistic, less empathetic, led by GenMe, or are we moving toward a more empathetic age, one that has social justice, social responsibility, sustainability and concern for our environment as of paramount importance? It seems to me that both things are happening. We are moving to a new age of concocted and pre-determined social concerns, while at the same time, the last throes of narcissistic, materialistic and “externally focused” values are embraced. A contradiction? Paradox? Perhaps, but thus is the nature of our universe.
 https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2010/05/100528081434.htm, https://www.theglobeandmail.com/life/todays-college-kids-are-40-per-cent-less-empathetic-study-finds/article1371775/