October 21st, 2015 … the exact time that Marty McFly and Doc Brown traveled to, when they went “back to the future” in the Back to the Future movie trilogy.
We can say the future is looking great, but when we compare our current reality with the one visited in the DeLorean car, is it really? The films’ Director Robert Zemeckis is quoted as saying that, “the more things change, the more they stay the same”. But it would seem our society now can’t turn its back quickly enough on our heritage.
The modern western world was founded on Judeo-Christian values, shaping public policy, including equality for all before the law, caring for the poor and destitute, and prioritising the family.
More and more we’re told we don’t need Christian values. The Christian Democratic Party is attributed with the survival of Scripture Classes in schools. And it’s been an important fight. Some misguided parents say we don’t want our children to learn about Jesus Christ, the importance of telling the truth, to respect their elders, to care for one another, to be good stewards of their time, talent and treasure.
Now the western world is threatened with an ideology in stark contrast to the values that have built our societies and our communities. But can we challenge, can we discuss? Debate is shut down, and righteous concern is labelled as racist.
With the advance of social media, Biff Tannen the local bully, has moved off the streets to online cyber bullying. It seems now that almost everyone is connected to a smart phone, which has come at the expense of personal interactions. In our 2015, we see remarkable technological advance, at the expense of sociological interaction. And yes, we are still on public transport with no hoverboards, and a gridlocked city in peak hour.
In 2015, our society has growing addictions – gambling, pornography, alcohol, and the list goes on. There’s far more advertising of these scourges in our 2015, than in Back to the Future. Certainly drugs like ice and flakka were not something any generation of the McFly family were interested in.
Star of the movies, Michael J Fox says that “Our challenges don’t define us. Our actions do.” The Christian Democratic Party, as the Conservative Alternative, is committed to shaping public policy in New South Wales, and Australia. Public policy that is worthy of defining the future.