Although for future generations (if there will be any), it will be hard to understand, but most people nowadays care most about “their own.”
This can take the form of selfishness, of my family first and only, of chauvinism, nationalism, racism, sexism, you name it.
Morally, this is, of course, not so defensible. The Hebrew Bible and Tradition is full of care for everyone and especially the less fortunate.
That ethical call of thousands of years ago is still as relevant as it was then. Most men and many women still have a strong tendency of not caring about the fate of the weak or the stranger, the ‘other,’ ‘them.’
However, lately, the price is increasingly paid by all of us.
The first loss, of cause, concerns our moral sense and track record. The harm is becoming cold-hearted. But there is much more now.
When the Turks slaughtered millions of Christians, no one protested. This convinced Hitler & Co. that mass-murdering the Jews was safe.
After populations agreed to the deportation of the Jews, the Nazis and their servants were able to persecute anyone in those countries.
Europe did not care a bit about the Muslim world trying to kill off all Israeli Jews or a civil war in Syria. Now it needs to deal with tons of Syrian Muslim refugees and the problems that were plaguing Israel.
After WW II, still many Jews lived in Europe. Now, two-three generations later, antisemitism has become so bad that it threatens to lose all Jews.
Europe didn’t care about Africa. Climate change makes Africans flee northward and now Europe has no choice but to care.
Most privileged people didn’t care about the first groups infected with the AIDS-virus, even not when they died by the millions. By now, 34 million people have died from it, millions outside these groups.
When millions of Chinese died in strategically planned famines in China, no one objected. People ate anything that moved. Now, this habit to eat other animals than domesticated ones, is causing one global health scare after the other. It only takes one carnivore to get us a new animal bug.
Most people didn’t care that there was a country of 1,300 million people without freedom of the press or any democracy. The newest virus from China was therefore not fought for weeks. Drawing attention to the danger was deemed subversive. Still, little is known about the virus. It’s a nice first step to pray for them but how about removing their dictators?
The Chinese regime has not only private information on every individual Chinese citizen, but also mapped already almost half of all USers. And for your privacy, you were scared of Facebook, Google, and Amazon?
In the US, half a million are homeless. Who cares? But they could spread the newest coronavirus, make everyone sick, and have 10,000,000s die.
That certain countries have millions starving for decades didn’t disturb many. Now, climate change threatens human survival. A major part of the problem is poor people who have no climate-safe alternatives. China is now selling coal-burning power plants to Africa.
Who could have thought that greed would make the super-rich ready to sell stuff that would get us all killed? Well, you better believe it.
Who cared that gays were persecuted in Russia or that no Russian had all democratic rights? No one. And that emporium went on to use social media to rile up US voters and got its puppet in the White House.
You didn’t care that an amateur bully did the US foreign policy for a couple of years? Well, in just three years, the Chinese are moving into Africa, Russia is taking over the Middle East, and Iran and North Korea are closer to nuclear weapons. Dictators are dividing up the world making democracy and the human race the losers. You still don’t care?
Many people didn’t try to stop others from eating junk, being addicted to passivity (TV), and taking in ‘accepted’ drugs (pain killers, coffee, tea, cigarettes, refined sugar) and insane amounts of food (meat). Now we have a majority of people who don’t eat, sleep, and feel well, don’t stand up when nature and the climate are abused, and who die too early.
All people are in one boat. Anyone drills a hole in it, we could all drown.