Freedom in Society
"The truth is, of course, that external conditions modify human nature, and that harmony between the two is to be sought by a mutual interaction. A man taken from one environment and plunged suddenly into another may be by no means free, and yet the new environment may give freedom to those accustomed to it. We cannot therefore deal with freedom without taking account of the possibility of variable desires owing to changing environment. In some cases this makes the attainment of freedom more difficult, since a new environment, while satisfying old desires, may generate new ones which it cannot satisfy."
Bertrand Russell, Freedom in Society
The situation is worsening particularly in our society, as exposure to the outside world and their liberal ideas are influencing the youth, bringing to them a new consciousness and generating in them beliefs and desires, that the present society does not morally and socially allow or has no means of fulfilling.
No, i do not wish to say that the fault lies in the 'evil' exposure of our youth to Western world, nor do i suggest that the solution is the social isolation of a society. Such is the thinking of the conservatives. In my view, the only solution is a change in the social structure... the introduction of an attitude of freedom; of live and let live. As Russell puts it later in the essay '... the right to live as we choose and think as we choose where our doing so does not prevent others from doing likewise.'
But i do not see this change coming as long as the older conservative generation has social and economic hold over the younger generation.