The question of trust in society is a complex one. With each generation, unprecedented events often undermine the confidence we have in institutions, organisations and the systems that support them. However, according to Duffy, a less deferential society that does not pander to the whims of the establishment is generally more open-minded and unprejudiced.
“In a society that is non-deferential, there is usually a greater tolerance for diversity and lifestyle. This wouldn’t exist if we were deferential to big institutions that said there were particular ways to live,” he explains. “This expands to religion, or lifestyles imposed by big corporations and governments. So we have a greater comfort in people making different choices, a greater level of tolerance, and a more questioning outlook.”
As we progress towards 2030 and beyond, tolerance and a questioning outlook will prove vital tools in creating the best kind of future for our society.