Society and Morality: An Essay on their Connection (Part 3)
But, as said before, this connection is not very apparent and so we ourselves never feel the sense of urgency to change. But one of the way in which the connection between the individual and society is a degenerating society in term of a degenerating economy or a degenerating politics, almost always happen along side a degenerating individual and his morality. There are cases where the society flourishes and the individual declines and vice versa but most often a fall of a civilization happens along side a moral decline of its citizens. What usually the case is we are too shortsighted to identify whether something is improving or worsening. We see a rise in a nation's GDP and we say that nation is surely thriving but, if we observe its citizens and the way they live, we can be sure that nation's economy is actually declining in the long run. Oppositely, even if the act of the individuals are good and each person is giving the appearance of growth but if their community, as a whole, is misguided then we can also be sure that growth will stop short. What happening on one side usually signaling what is happening on the other side and that is how the connection between society and the individual is manifested. Optimistically speaking, however, if there is a real growth in one then there is usually a real growth for the other. Nonetheless, the point be made here is beside the connection itself, the growth or decline of one require the growth and decline of both. Therefore, the transformation of society requires the growth of the individual as well.