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‘Me’ Culture

Introduction

            A central feature in all moral teachings and religions has been the need for people to pay attention to what they do to others and to always want the best for others. This is a recipe for a better world, and has been encouraged by the greatest thinkers known in history. However, humans are moving away from these principle teaching to a kind of existence where the importance of other persons is tied to the benefits they can provide. Otherwise, they are treated as if they do not exist. This is why in most modern societies, neighbors barely know each other, a contrast with the situation in the past. The rapid changes in technology have made it unnecessary for people to interact on a physical level, making them get lost in the online world. The culmination of these effects has been the loss of empathy among people, and concentration of people’s attention on their individualistic needs, making the world a harder place to live.

Focusing on self

            Brooks (2011) feels that most young persons are given the wrong training on how to live in schools. They are encouraged to look into themselves, realize their dreams and follow them, instead of looking at the opportunities around them and carving their dreams based on what they observe. They are encouraged to be independent, while in reality, the modern workplace is reliant on teamwork as opposed to the one of the Baby Boomers generation. They are taken through extreme supervision in their nurturing years and then left to navigate around world that is filled with freedoms. The notion of freedomand autonomy that is drilled into the minds of these young people makes them not have any values to which they commit themselves to. This makes them portray individualism and severe lacking of attachment or responsibility towards their country or community.

            The individualism that has been inculcated in individuals makes them more willing to depend on the government and others. On the other hand they are not as willing to provide for the needs of others. Mackey (2012) points this out, as she observes that there more persons on unemployment welfare in the United States than has ever been recorded in history. Some of these jobless persons are genuinely willing to work and have not yet secured employment. However, there is a significant number of welfare dependents who would rather depend on that stipend than hold a job that gives them undesired wages. These individuals place a lot of pressure on the economy, causing the country to get deeper in debt. The present generation is therefore likely to leave the future generations with a bigger debt to settle from which they will not have benefited from in any way (Mackey, 2012; Brooks, 2011).

            In addition, it comes as no surprise that this selfish outlook adopted by individuals is accompanied by the putting aside of religion. Religion has a way of rallying persons together, making them recognize that they are part of greater plan, and that they have a role to play in this world. With most of the young people abandoning religion, they no longer feel obligated to serve others or reflect on how their actions affect their loved ones and the society at large. In the article titled More young people are moving away from religion, but why? (2013), the reasons given by the young adults for not ascribing to religion are related to the developments in science and technology that have discounted the simplistic explanations of phenomena given by religion. They seem to conveniently ignore the fact that the explanations on events and issues given in the religions are in the past context, and that with necessary effort can be reconciled to the modern world scenario. Lack of religion frees the young adults from moral and ethical obligations, vindicating their selfish nature. It is true that religion is responsible for much discord in the world, but it is undeniable that it has also contributed to the growth of civilization and maintenance of order in the same. The golden rule is considered the best mantra by which people should live. It was coined by a religious teacher, which demonstrates the good that can come out of faith.

Possible solution

            Getting genuinely interested in other people is one of the possible solutions to this culture of selfishness(Carnegie, 1981). There is no way that one can get to know about the strengths, weakness, hopes and aspirations other people unless they interact. Interaction on a physical level is considered better compared to the electronic platforms that are a bit impersonal in nature. All people have worries that plague their minds constantly, and it would be helpful they were to get somebody to listen to them. Further, their lives would become more bearable if they got someone to assist them solve their most pressing problems or meet their basic needs. It is impossible to know people this intimately if one continues to have an individualistic life (If we could see inside other people’s hearts, n.d.). the goodness that is inherent in human nature can be awakened by kind words to others, appreciation and expression of concern for the things that matter to them (Weeks, 2012). Appreciation for favors granted whether deserved or not would also help in nurturing good human relations.

Conclusion

            In conclusion, it is observable that a culture of individualism is entrenching itself in the society especially among the young adults. This makes them feel no obligation towards others while at the same time feeling entitled to the resources that have been gained through the efforts of others. This is demonstrated by the way in which training in schools is done, and the way policies are formulated to benefit the present population financially at the expense of future generations. It is also accompanied by the increase in the number of persons embracing atheism and agnosticism. A possible solution to this would be to encourage persons to realize that all people are connected by the aspect of being human, and having an interest in others and doing good to them.

References

Carnegie, D. (1981). How to win friends and influence people. New York: Simon and Schuster.

If we could see inside other people’s hearts. (n.d.). Vimeo. Retrieved February 22, 2014, from https://vimeo.com/77450643

More young people are moving away from religion, but why?. (2013, January 15). NPR. Retrieved February 22, 2014, from http://www.npr.org/2013/01/15/169342349/more-young-people-are-moving-away-from-religion-but-why

Weeks, L. (2012.). Please read this story, thank you. NPR. Retrieved February 22, 2014, from http://www.npr.org/2012/03/09/148295675/please-read-this-story-thank-you

Brooks, D. (2011, May 30). It’s not about you. The New York Times. Retrieved February 22, 2014, from http://www.nytimes.com/2011/05/31/opinion/31brooks.html?_r=0

Mackey, M. (2012, January 28). The ‘take care of me’ society is wrecking the USA | The Fiscal Times. The Fiscal Times. Retrieved February 22, 2014, from http://www.thefiscaltimes.com/Articles/2012/01/28/The-Take-Care-of-Me-Society-is-Wrecking-the-USA