police states, irresponsible governments, uncivil societies, and selfish individuals

Many, many years ago, I looked at myself and the world around me, and thought there was too much misery and wickedness around, and that I was too ill and feeble to make a positive difference. There was no hope for mankind, and so I decided I won’t marry, won’t have children, and thus won’t contribute to increase in misery of the world.
But I had to try to continue to live, and I had my moments of weakness, so when my mum asked me to marry a girl, I couldn’t say no, especially since I had a miraculous respite from asthma, which I thought was a recovery.
A lifetime of work and struggle has passed; my son recently got married, and I have a brand new daughter, only she is already grownup 🙂
I look at the world now and I see the same that I saw nearly forty years ago.
Things haven’t exactly turned out as I had imagined they would. I had looked at the UK, and felt Islamic upbringing was impossible there, but I can see that many practice Islam earnestly.
I look at the loss of human rights. People continue to be abducted, detained, tortured, killed and disappear without trace.
Women and children are kidnapped, raped and sold into slavery.
Governments have abdicated their responsibilities, catering to the powerful mafias, and the poor get poorer.
Societies have become intolerant and uncivil.
Mankind has become selfish.
The planet is overburdened with irresponsible large scale exploitation.
And Nature is having its revenge.
Am I seeing the cup half empty, or has the world really gone mad, and sane voices are rare?

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