While there was talk of better locks and cheaper televisions accounting for fewer burglaries, they were lame explanations and did not account, anyway, for a dramatic reduction in violent crime. One of the more thoughtful reporters said: “Perhaps people are just getting nicer”, and he was right. For many centuries society has been moving gradually away from a way of life based on brutality to one where more peaceful means of influence or achievement are used - not in all cultures nor in every individual, but visible in most developed countries, certainly.
A central tenet of spiritual wisdom is that humanity as a race and each person in it undergoes seven key levels of learning over a series of lifetimes, the completion of each of which leads to an ever-greater expansion of the soul: the lessons are known, esoterically, as initiations, and the first initiation is about your physicality - how and when to use force; finding moderation in eating, drinking, sex; looking after your body and not abusing it; and being more than a ready pair of fists. It can take a long, long time to realise that power lies in being not doing, physically, but when that stage is reached, the soul is awake.
We cannot move into the new Age of Light, as we are doing now, unless we have moved away from preoccupation with ourselves and our perceived needs to a more considerate, kinder way of life. The latest crime figures are evidence that societal attitudes are changing as the first lesson of human experience is completed, and that the soul of the human race has responded. It is good news, far more, perhaps, than politicians and commentators realise. It is important news, too.
The soul journey is discussed in detail in my book, Spiritual Wisdom.