There are many and various changes overcoming us, some more rapidly than others. Some are thought to be "progress", although that is debatable. Others are thought to be going backward, others simply being taking another direction.
A couple of centuries ago, and at times earlier, there were attempts to create societies on a basis of, at its simplest, Liberty, Equality and Fraternity. In some nations and places there were situations which approximated to this, notably in those which were then among the wealthier.
Today, it looks like we could all be headed for Servility, Partiality and Diversity. The ancient Romans and Greece, for all the ideas in their philosophies and literature, would have understood this to be the norms of reality.
As you look around human history and much of the present world these are much closer to the actual life of most places than of those happy, or not quite so happy developed states. One of the perverse effects of "human rights" is that the rights of some becomes the oppression of others.
If we look at what is going on in Washington DC, London, Brussels, Berlin etc. it is not just that government is becoming highly centralised with dominating elites, it is that the tidal waves of laws and directives are issued with scant concern for the opinions and needs of the lower orders.
This is prompted by reading an item in Science Daily about academics Looking For Slaves in ancient Pompeii with its vivid description of what ordinary life may have been like. Today we look on all this as old history.
In fact much of human history since we moved into towns and settled communities has been like this. Even in the more rural and less wealthy groups there were usually clear divisions to be observed and adhered to. These were usually reinforced by religion as well as laws and the behavioural demands of those who ruled.
It is possible that what has happened in the West for a few generations now is simply a system that went wrong as opposed to being a new world system for all and for all our futures. Our new religions are those imposed by the media and consumer economies.
There is a fairly simple test for anyone. Who are you obligated to, bound by and have to obey. Why is that and what can you do about it? Just what real freedoms do you have? Why do you have to spend so much and so much time on things you neither want or need?
Don't forget to pay the mortgage/rent, credit card bills, energy bills and TV costs. Also, there are other things to be done if you do not want to find yourself being in trouble. Be very careful what you say and how you function in relation to others.
And remember to put the right rubbish bin out at the right time or there will be penalties.