So, can we change our rotten value system?
At least not immediately.
It's too ingrained in our society.
Whether we like it or not, it's the way we are.
We have been conditioned to be like that for so long.
Our values are profit driven.
Honesty, loyalty, sincerity, ethics, saving the environment, etc are values which are of secondary importance in our society.
It's because upholding those values is not seen as profitable.
Primary to us are things that can immediately generate profit for us.
We don't really care how it's done as long as the end result is that we have more money, which ensure us a good material life and security.
If we are honest with ourselves, we have to admit that money is the most important thing to us.
Having money means having power, influence, respect....and even love.
We are at awe whenever we talk about or in the presence of people with lots of money.
Even the Muslims in this country who claimed that their religion is the most important thing for them succumbed to this value system.
This value system was shaped by the mixture of cultures which came to our land over the centuries.
Maybe one day this will change.
But I don't think it will be in my lifetime.
For now, we can only mitigate this ugly way we value things in life.
We do what we can, which is not really too bad.
We talk a bit about the importance of all those good values and try to practice it in our life.
But it's not really our natural values.
Our societal demands require us to chase after monetary gains with whatever means at our disposal.
Fail to do that and we are doomed to be considered as failures by other members of our society.
I know, it's even worse in some other societies.
But why compare to them.
Let's set a benchmark comparable with the more advanced societies.
Hopefully, maybe, long after we pass away from this world, our future generation may attain what we wish for ourselves.
Here is an example of possible model society with good value system pointed out by a regular commentator of this blog;