Yesterday's relationships were all about trust and love; today's relationships are all about money and passion (read sex please).It sure seems that way Emma.
Perhaps another symptom of what I call the 'disconnect syndrome' affecting society today. I wonder if it's a lack of 'need' that has created this culture? Generations ago, families and communities had to work together just to survive. In this time of relative plenty, individuals can make it on their own with little help.
On a more positive note, at the local level here in Smalltown USA, folks seem to be awakening to the reality that by helping each other out, they actually help themselves the most! A local food co-op and farmers market provide nutritious homegrown food (though a bit expensive comparatively) that benefit buyer, seller, and community. It doesn't get much better than that. I think it's hilarious that some folks have coined the term localvore to describe such activity. That think it's some new magical concept when in fact that's how communities operated just 2 generations ago. The circle is nearly complete.
It is most certainly one of the elements - the decrease of need. I look at myself and see the difference. Because I am financially and emotionally independent, I feel I don't need anyone simply because I feel that would require some compromises. And when you are independent, you don't want to compromise. Also, the communication is lacking big time these days with all the technology stuff taking us over in a massive way. I love technology but the downside of it is huge.
I also feel people are becoming more and more materialists and less spiritual, though I feel a shift in reality is in place and it has to take place when we hit rock bottom as human beings. Nothing changes unless and until then so it's likely to get worse and worse.
I am a little old school or more spiritual if you will. I value love and trust and value it over things like money and sex. I look for meanings in everything even if it lasts only for a week.
Helping each other out, especially in time of need, is really the best thing we can do, so I am very happy to hear that at least your town is making a difference. There would be no poverty or people wouldn't die of silly diseases that could be cured in fact, if we stopped being so selfish and greedy and be more kind to others.