【明報專訊】"Degeneration" means a process of decline, it means things are getting worse. Our eyes, our knees and many other body parts can suffer from degeneration. A society can also degenerate.
Many ordinary people now feel that Hong Kong is in degeneration on a number of fronts, with the basic cause being Beijing's wish to turn Hong Kong into just another city of China, speaking Putonghua, with restricted freedoms etc.
What is most worrying is that Hong Kong's young people, including secondary students, are gravely pessimistic about the future and deeply cynical about the motives of local and national leaders.
If local and national leaders want to reverse this trend and want to regain the trust and respect of Hong Kong's people — especially its youth — a basic first step must be a willingness to listen and communicate. Not just dictate.
■Text: John Wotherspoon 胡頌恆