The Roman and Greek writers complained that civilisation wasn’t as civil any more so there’s nothing new there, but there’s a couple of things that happened yesterday that made me wonder.
As I was travelling home by train there was a poster on the platform. A child had died on the tracks two days earlier. The poster apologised for the inconvenience. It wasn’t tongue-in-cheek, it also praised (in small letters underneath) the work of the rescue team, but the purpose of the poster was to staunch the flow of complaints the railways had been getting as despite the death being the top news headline and clear announcements throughout the day since it happened, there was still greater concern over the reaction of self-centred members of the public affecting complaints levels and revenue. I’m not sure whose reaction is worse.
I sat an interview yesterday. Went well! But I discovered beforehand that I had grown out of my adult-tailored clothes and could only fit into my child-size ones. There is now such an obesity problem in children that the clothes for young teens dwarf me no matter what size I now am.
There’s a meme: “I don’t want to live on this planet anymore”. I can see their point.