Editor, The News:
Re: Things are getting better, worse? (Open mic, March 6).
With regard to Mike Shields, I would like to make a small observation.
Yes, I would agree with him that the world is getting better in so many ways. Despite the still wide divide between the rich and poor nations and the threat of terror attacks, there is no doubt that we have come a long way since the Second World War.
But there seemed to be an element missing from his comments and that is the change in attitudes, morals and the seemingly general disrespect of self, people and the planet, which I have noticed so often, especially in the last 20 years or so.
The many demands on us as human beings have pushed aside the understanding of what is right or wrong, leaving gray areas, which become acceptable.
I am much involved in our community, have children, grandchildren, even great grandchildren, but I am not too old to see that not all change is good.
Yes, we live longer and have more material things. But what is that if we are not able to appreciate life to its fullest and share it with our neighbour?
Is the world better or worse? For me, the jury is still out. But for the moment, it errs to the latter.