The social contract and all that?
Not sure what you mean, can you spell it out a bit better?
I don't think the Lord of the Flies was meant to be a prediction of an "age" of any kind, rather it was a depiction of what is always there, just below the surface. Not really even below the surface if you go into a war zone, or a ghetto that lacks good policing, or the hills of West Virginia. It was just a few hundred years ago that Kings did whatever they wanted with women in their kingdom and people walking around in cities might just stick a knife in you for no reason. There are plenty of people around today who think that's how things should be.
We provide enough freedom so those baser instincts can be exercised without much harm and plenty of sanctions so they don't. We've pushed pretty hard into those sensibilities lately, expecting people to go against their nature of how they feel about correct sexual behavior or what food they should eat or the circumstances of when and how much skin should be shown where. And then we are surprised when people push back.
The Left really missed boat thinking this was something that was just a leftover from bygone days and it would fade away. Purity laws have a purpose and they create culture, like them or not. The funny thing is many on the Left have created their own laws with non-GMO and organics and don't see how they isolated themselves from people who could actually be partners in building a better world. But I digress. Yes you are digressing. But, I'm following what you're saying and don't disagree with any of it.
I don't think the Lord of the Flies was meant to be a prediction of an "age" of any kind, rather it was a depiction of what is always there, just below the surface.
You got me on that one. I agree the story is about depicting what's lurking under the surface.
My analogy may be sloppy, but I think it still applies.
Guess I need to chew on it a bit more see what analogy would work better.
As for our current situation the new GOP and Trump is all about dismissing our higher social abilities and taking us back to a wild wild frontier situation, everyone for themselves and a gun on every hip. Although odds are our environmental collapse and weather catastrophes will over take that trend, and give us petty humans some genuine problems to replace all these self-created elective and contrived issues of contention the Bozos are so preoccupied with these days.