I'm afraid we live in a world where the neighbours remarking on your nice car is seen as being preferable to commenting on your nice child. Prestige is everything I'm afraid.
Indeed, which is why lack of respect and concern for other people is rare to see. Many view other people as enemies trying to buy the next TV or phone before they do.
When the economic system and political elite is propped up by consumer spending (consumer credit card debt almost back up to 2007 pre-crash levels) and low wage shop workers there is no incentive for politicians to change it. In fact they encourage it and then divert the blame for the misery caused to immigrants, unemployed and opposing political parties.