Broken Britain?

An excerpt from Yahoo! News:

LONDON – Ahhh, Britain. The land of Shakespeare and the Beatles, Churchill and the Queen. Rolling green hills, groovy London shops, hip plaids splashed over raincoats and umbrellas.

Cut to the reality of 2009: the highest teen pregnancy rate in western Europe, a binge drinking culture that leaves drunk teens splayed out in the streets and rising knife crime that has turned some pub fights into deadly affairs.

Ahhh, Britain.

In the latest symbol of what some are calling “broken Britain,” 13-year-old Alfie and his 15-year-old girlfriend Chantelle became parents last week. The news sparked a flurry of handwringing from the media – and even ordinary folk admitted it didn’t help that Alfie barely looked 10, let alone 13, as he cradled his newborn daughter.

Alfie’s father, who reportedly has nine or 10 children of his own, gamely promised to have a “birds and the bees” chat with his son to prevent him from producing a second child before he grows facial hair.

Somehow that was not reassuring.

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I agree that this article describes a sad situation.  What I’m wondering is why everyone else agrees.  After all, if values are based on individual choice and survival of the fittest is what’s best for the race, then maybe we should just accept as normal and fine all that is taking place. 

“If Alfie is able to pass on his genes early on in life, good for him.”

“If binge drinkers die early from liver disease or knife fights, they are only confirming their own inadequacy for survival. ”

Again, I don’t agree with the opinions I just expressed.  It could be that good and evil, or right and wrong, exist in reality and not just in our minds or opinions.  Perhaps all can and should agree that what is happening in British society (and some other places too, of course) is bad, wrong, and ought to be somehow changed.

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