There was a time when men were kind. When their voices were soft, and their words inviting. There was a time when love was blind. And the world was a song, and the song was exciting. There was a time. Then it all went wrong. I dreamed a dream in time gone by. When hope was high, and life worth living. I dreamed that love would never die. These are lyrics from the song, “I Dreamed a Dream” featured in the musical, Les Miserables. Fantine, one of the female protagonists in the musical, sang this powerful ballad after she had been fired from her job in a factory. She fears that her and her daughter, Cosette, will suffer through poverty, especially during the time of revolution. With no husband by her side, Fantine must make a living for her family on her own. As she ponders her future, she sings about how everyone used to be genuine towards each other. When everyone would reach out to those who needed a helping hand. When people would willingly give to others, with no personal gain. What happened to those times?
Are the moral ethics of mankind degrading? Don’t get me wrong, there are plenty of people with true hearts. But it seems that every headline on the news involves violence or prejudice or societal troubles. Children are exposed to this troubled society at such early ages. These children are the growing generations that will one day lead our countries. While the future generations experience these issues firsthand, at such young and vulnerable ages, it should raise concerns for our future. Perhaps we should be living more like the ancient greeks. Inviting anyone into our homes, and caring for them as our own family, or as if they were gods and goddesses. The greek word, “Xenos”, meaning stranger or foreigner branches out to be applicable to other ideas. Ideas such as “Xenia” or “Theoxenia”, the greek concept of hospitality and generosity towards xenos. The ancient greeks believed Zeus protected xenos and if they were to be uncourteous, Zeus would seek vengeance. These themes were demonstrated in Homer’s Iliad and the Odyssey, maybe we can learn from these writings. Nowadays, if some stranger knocked at our door and asked to be housed for one night, they would have the door immediately shut on their face. The police would immediately notified, as if the stranger opposed as a threat. Amazing how 2000+ years can change society’s morality.
Morality- not to be confused with molarity or molality, terms you would use in chemistry, but this is creative writing. There is no need to understand chemistry to understand my writings. Just simply expressing my feelings on the degradation of society and its moral ethics. If we reversed the clock, would you find yourself dreaming a dream in time gone by?