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Is the increase in the acceptance of profanity in Great Britain and many other countries a cultural change or a decline in social norms?


Amid the hustle and bustle of city life, in the vibrant streets of London, Manchester or Liverpool, a change can be observed. It's not visible to the eye or easy to grasp but audible in every conversation. It's the rising social tolerance for the use of profane language, a phenomenon that, just a few decades ago, would have been unthinkable in conservative British society.

As I walk through the city streets, hearing snippets of passersby's conversations, I wonder what has contributed to this change. Is it globalization which has blurred boundaries and allowed for a freer flow of cultural norms? Or perhaps it's the development of technology which has made communication more direct and less formal? The younger generations, raised in the era of social media, seem to be at the forefront of this change, questioning and redefining the boundaries of what is socially acceptable.

Observing this change, I begin to contemplate its consequences. On one hand, it may signify the evolution of society towards greater openness and tolerance. On the other hand, I can't help but feel that it may also indicate the erosion of certain common values that once formed the foundation of British culture. Is this change in language and communication a sign of progress, or rather a symptom of deeper social issues?

As a Polish woman living in the UK, I experience this change from a unique perspective. The contrast between the more conservative approach to language in my homeland and the growing freedom of expression here, in the UK, is striking. This issue forces me to reflect on cultural norms that are both liberating and unsettling.


As the streets of the UK fill with increasingly free language, I wonder if this change in tolerance for profanity is just the beginning of a broader cultural transformation. Will British society find a balance between freedom of speech and maintaining mutual respect? Only time will tell, but one thing is certain: these changes are a reflection of an evolving society standing at the crossroads between tradition and modernity.

As we observe these changes in our society, the task of individual and collective reflection on the direction we are heading becomes crucial. Faced with the rising tolerance for profanity and the erosion of certain social norms, each of us is faced with a choice: what role do we want to play in shaping the future of our society?

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To counteract the negative aspects of this change and leave behind a better world, it's worth starting with introspection. Let's consider our own language and behaviours – do they contribute to building an open society that still respects diversity and mutual respect? Do our words and actions serve as examples for younger generations looking for role models?

This is also an appeal for our common good. It's worth promoting a culture of dialogue where different viewpoints can be expressed constructively and without resorting to vulgarity. Education, both at home and in schools, should emphasize the value of respect and empathy as the foundations of healthy interpersonal relationships.

The decisions we make today will have a long-lasting impact on future generations. Therefore, it's important that we are aware of the words we choose and the messages we send. Leaving behind a world better than the one we found requires our commitment and readiness to change – not only in the public sphere but, most importantly, in our personal attitudes and behaviours.

In the context of reflecting on changes in society and seeking ways to counteract negative trends, it's also worth noting an interesting observation. From my own experiences and observations, it appears that individuals deeply engaged in spiritual life and close to God rarely resort to profanity, treating language as a tool meant to build, not destroy. This phenomenon, which I have observed for several months, may indicate a deeper dimension to the discussion about language and its use in society.

This observation leads to the conclusion that spirituality and closeness to religious values may play a key role in shaping the way we express ourselves and communicate with others. People who live in accordance with the principles of their faith often show greater awareness of the significance of words and their impact on the environment. In their case, language becomes a means of expression intended not only to convey thoughts but also to build relationships based on respect, love, and understanding.

This may suggest that one of the solutions could be a deeper immersion in spiritual and moral values, which could serve as a foundation for a more positive and constructive way of communication.

Let this observation be a reminder that each of us has the potential to be a source of positive change, inspired by values that go beyond the material dimension of our lives.

I encourage everyone to reflect and look at themselves with care for themselves and future generations. Let our actions be a testament to our care to leave this world a better, more understandable, and mutually respectful place for all who come after us.

Editor: Maria Anna Furman

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