Reflect on what’s missing in modern society?
There is a lot in what Jeff says, that it is all a matter of perspective.
Modern life is so complex, that it is very easy to see what we expect to see, and ignore all the stuff that isn’t quite what we expect.
It seems that we have an over abundance of people willing to make money by any means, at the expense of any human values.
It appears that those with money (and the influence it can buy) have essentially created a political system that is centred on monetary rather than human values.
There are some people who, like the Jesus of history, focus on universals (do unto others as you would have then do unto you) and on the commonality of humanity (let he who is without sin cast the first stone), yet the systems work against such principles, because the systems are based in market valuations, and markets value scarcity over abundance.
It seems to me that the major omission is a fundamental commitment, at the highest levels of governance, to the sanctity of human life and of human freedom, and of a commitment to the delivery of abundance of all of the essentials of life to every individual on the planet.
Along with the abundance would have to come some changes in behaviour. We would have to reduce family sizes to a level that is replacement only (or maybe a little below for a while), or accept living off planet if we want to keep breeding.
It seems to me, that the thing most missing, is a willingness to step beyond the values and norms of culture, and to trust one’s own intuitions (one’s own internal sense of what is most appropriate, over and above the norms of society).
If people were taught to value other people (all of them) and their freedom.
If people were taught the overwhelming evolutionary power of cooperation, and not simply that of competition.
If people were taught the value of looking after their own needs, and the needs of everyone else, on the longest time-frames imaginable.
If all of those things were common in life, then the experience of being human would be something very different from what most people experience today.
Crazy thing is, we have all the knowledge and tools available to deliver that, within 2 decades, we just lack the will, and the supporting systems.
We find ourselves in an economic reality that does not easily support universal abundance.