Society is regressing. The true measure of a society is not the tallest building, as some estimators of human ability tend. Instead, it is the heart of the leaders that measure a society. Leaders direct the ship.
In our nation, the U.S., we see people have migrated from the personal ethic: heart, morality, hard work, professionalism, respect, love and others. Instead, the emphasis is on appearance, the outer, not the inner.
People just want to squeak through their work responsibilities, manipulating others to do their work for them. They concentrate on appearances, not on reality. The weak inner self creates a weak life. Those who don't shoulder personal responsibility, don't know how to sacrifice, and can't prioritize, seem to diminish and to rely on others increasingly.
Those who respect the heart, focus on their own improvement and their personal ethic seem to attain true friends, find peace, and enjoy life more.
Signs: increase in sexual diseases (immorality); tolerance of wickedness like homosexuality and satanism (now officially recognized and openly allowed in the military); and disrespect for life (abortion, baby murder, is called "pro-choice").