Problem

Distortion of life in society

Claim:
This view of freedom leads to a serious distortion of life in society. If the promotion of the self is understood in terms of absolute autonomy, people inevitably reach the point of rejecting one another. Everyone else is considered an enemy from whom one has to defend oneself. Thus society becomes a mass of individuals placed side by side, but without any mutual bonds. Each one wishes to assert himself independently of the other and in fact intends to make his own interests prevail. Still, in the face of other people's analogous interests, some kind of compromise must be found, if one wants a society in which the maximum possible freedom is guaranteed to each individual. In this way, any reference to common values and to a truth absolutely binding on everyone is lost, and social life ventures on to the shifting sands of complete relativism. At that point, everything is negotiable, everything is open to bargaining: even the first of the fundamental rights, the right to life. (Papal Encyclical, Evangelium Vitae, 25 March 1995).
Values:
Life
Distortion
Problem Type:
J: Problems Under Consideration
Subject(s):
Life Life
Societal Problems Distortion
Related UN Sustainable Development Goals:
GOAL 15: Life on Land
Date of last update
26.04.1999 – 00:00 CEST