Problem

Collapse in the meaning of participating in society


Experimental visualization of narrower problems
Other Names:
Reduced social commitment of contemporary life-styles
Disillusionment with life aspirations
Nature:
People seek the purpose of existence in their work, family, society, and cultural tradition, many of which no longer give meaning. As a part of real, everyday experience, people in the 20th Century have seen a collapse many of the understandings that gave meaning to their hopes and ambitions. While in the midst of bitter disillusionments and painful failures in aspiration, the individual comes to doubt his own creative worth in society. Nevertheless, a deep desire for creative action is retained. The more doubts there are, the stronger the desire to express creatively; while the experience of futility impels the destruction of others' creations. There is a collapse in the meaningfulness of social participation.
Incidence:
Many people lose track of life's purpose and direction and lead their lives in a continued state of confusion and aimlessness. Celebrations of expenditure are limited to one's personal achievement. Images of social role are reduced to one's personal satisfaction. Social responsibility, outside the legal dimension, is reduced to oneself or one's family. The context out of which one works is this week, until the week end or these few years until retirement.
Problem Type:
F: Fuzzy exceptional problems
Date of last update
28.02.2000 – 00:00 CET
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