I recently finished season 1 of The Wire.
What struck me the most was the human corruption:
Crooked politicians, office politics driven cops, layer upon layer of lawbreakers with each layer having less of a soul to lose.
The crooks with a chance to live a decent life got killed.
The crooks who did the least lawbreaking got the longest sentences.
The crooks who did the worst got off or got the lightest sentences.
The bad cops and politicians got promoted or elected.
The good cops had to fight to do good, honest work.
The good cops got badgered, threatened, demeaned, and intimidated–by their bosses.
The good cops got marginalized in the hinterlands of the police department.
In the end, mediocrity and disillusionment prevailed.
The shadow side of humanity cuts across all organizations and communities. The details are unique in each system but the deeper dark patterns are the same.
Yet brave souls continue to live authentic and value-driven lives always striving for excellence because they feel alive when they do so. They are the models who go first and show us the way.