What is missing in our Society

Forum –  War Reporter Sebastian Junger (War Reporter Sebastian Junger Turns.mp3)

  1. Under hardships, in some ways people get extreamly happy because in order to survive they were forced to connect and that basic human need of connection was being fulfilled.
  2. Story of woman in Italy that was so lonely she returned to a war zone to be with the people she loved.   So a place where she was part of a community and her contribution (work) mattered.  She was needed by her people.
  3. The more affluent a society is, the more people can live independantly of others.   This means that the individual is no longer needed to contribute to the common good.   In a affluent society a collective is not needed for the society to survive.  (pool resources, pool efforts,)
  4. The one thing poverty has going for it is it forces people to form strong human connections.  Subburbs are the most lonely place in the world.  There is no need for people to seek the common good.
  5. As affluence increases in a modern society suicide rates go up.  As affluence rises in society suicide rates go up.   Modern society has x8 suicide rate than poor traditional societies.
  6. Contempt, derision, mockery – murder and destroy relationships.   Democracy is a relationship.
  7. Studies have shown a reduction in the depression of children when they are given meaningful things to do – like make dinner, chores, house work – they need to feel valuable and know they are contributing.
  8. Things were better when they were bad.  Bosnia
  9. After 9/11 suicide rates and murder rates went down.
  10. Ethos of serving public good dissapears in our affluent society.  Benjamin Franklin –  made an offer to Franklin to patent his design, but Franklin never patented any of his designs and inventions. He believed “that as we enjoy great advantages from the inventions of others, we should be glad of an opportunity to serve others by any invention of ours, and this we should do freely and generously”.

Modern society teaches focus on self for a better world…  Yet interestingly, suicide rates in modern society go up the richer the society gets…   Not surprising given the truth is the world does not revolve around us, we are not really number one, we cannot fully fulfill ourselves on our own and we do not need others.:

  • Look out for Number One. If you don’t, no one else will. Arnold Rothstein
  • “Believe in your potential even if you haven’t seen the results” Gaby Natale
  • Examine life, engage life with vengeance; always search for new pleasures and new destines to reach with your mind.
  • Worry only about the things that are in your control, the things that can be influenced and changed by your actions, not about the things that are beyond your capacity to direct or alter.
  • Experience True Pleasure. Avoid shallow and transient pleasures. Keep your life simple. Seek calming pleasures that contribute to peace of mind. True pleasure is disciplined and restrained.
  • Master Yourself. Resist any external force that might delimit thought and action; stop deceiving yourself, believing only what is personally useful and convenient; complete liberty necessitates a struggle within, a battle to subdue negative psychological and spiritual forces that preclude a healthy existence; self mastery requires ruthless cador.
  • I know where I’m going and I know the truth, and I don’t have to be what you want me to be. I’m free to be what I want.  Muhammad Ali
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