Problem

Deviant society

Nature:
A deviant society is a society whose structure is contrary to human nature and does not allow the satisfaction of basic human needs. Developed societies are to a certain extent responsive to material needs, but non-material needs are largely unmet. It is ironic that in this sense, the so called underdeveloped countries are actually more 'developed'. Schizophrenia, for instance, is much less common in the Third World than in industrialized countries, perhaps owing to their still viable natural communities such as strong families and villages. In poor countries people cry for bread; in rich countries they a hunger for meaning and identity. The unprecedented material progress during the post-war period has not necessarily made people happier.
Background:
Human beings have basic material needs such as physiological needs for food, shelter, warmth, rest, activity, etc; as well as basic non-material needs such as the needs for love and belongingness, self-esteem and recognition, orientation and meaning, self-actualization and self-transcendence. These needs are fundamental to the survival of the individual.
Broader Problems:
Deviance
Ethical vacuum
Values:
Deviation
Subject(s):
Society Society
Related UN Sustainable Development Goals:
GOAL 10: Reduced Inequality
Problem Type:
F: Fuzzy exceptional problems
Date of last update
01.01.2000 – 00:00 CET