Problems of modern society: what will be the consequences?
The problems of modern society are mostly caused by the consumer attitude of a person towards the environment and changes in life priorities. Once a man struggled for survival, hunting for wild animals and growing bread, today his goal was to gain wealth and power.
Characteristics of modern society
Sociologists studying the problems of modern society, called it post-industrial, not finding a more suitable word to describe the existing model of relations. The post-industrial form of unification of people was preceded by agrarian and industrial systems.
The first existed since the moment when homo sapiens began to cultivate the land, trying to secure food and minimal means of subsistence. The second appeared with the development of production, when agriculture faded into the background, and the industry moved to the first.
The transition to a service society marked the emergence of a post-industrial formation, in which information and technological innovations come first.
Characteristic features of modern society are the globalization of the economy and the prevalence of the service sector over industry and agriculture. When we talk about the service sector, we mean, first of all, informatization. In other words, in modern society, the main source of income is not production, but information resources.
Global problems of modern society
It would seem that progress and a shift in emphasis towards information technology should have a positive impact on the state of society. However, the result was ambiguous.
Information is not able to feed and provide the immediate needs of the person - it is the prerogative of the agricultural sector and industry, and they have not gone away, just moved from one country to another.
Have you noticed that there are practically no products on sale in the US, but the mass of products imported from China? Developed countries, aiming to reduce the cost of their products due to low-cost labor and reduce the environmental burden on their territories,moved most of the production to the countries of the "second" and "third" world.
However, this did not solve the environmental problem: states do not exist in isolation from each other, and the greenhouse effect has the same negative effect on all countries.
Where is the exit? Transfer to environmentally friendly modes of transport - electric cars and bicycles, switch to natural sources of energy, generating it from wind and solar heat.
There is some progress in this direction, but transnational corporations are slowing down the introduction of environmental technologies, since they receive huge profits from the sale of oil used in the production of gasoline and diesel fuel.
Another problem of modern society is overpopulation.
Scientists warn: the excess population of 12 billion will lead to the destruction of the ecosystem of the planet, as a result of about 5 billion people due to heat and hunger will be on the verge of death.
Today, more than 7 billion people live on the planet, according to UN projections, at current population growth rates in 2100, the number of people on Earth will reach 11 billion.
As a way to solve this problem, both fantastic (relocation to other planets) and astounding atrocities (the Third World War) are called.
However, the best way to control the population is birth control. The ethical side of this issue may cause resentment to someone. However, here mankind will have to choose the lesser of evils: to prevent the birth of a child or to give birth to it in order to die in agony.
Lack of energy
Lack of energy can cause the collapse of civilization. The reserves of oil, coal and gas in the depths of the planet will be enough for humanity for about 170 years.
Without these minerals, power plants will rise, production will stop, virtual information exchange will become impossible; humanity, devoid of the benefits of civilization, will be on the verge of extinction and degradation.
How to avoid it? Develop alternative energy sources. But research in this direction is moving slowly for the reasons we mentioned above.
Social problems of modern society
The development of society has led to a shift in priorities and the substitution of material values for moral values.
The desire to provide for themselves and their loved ones comfortable living conditions has grown into a thirst for profit, status and position in society are valued above moral qualities, and developed countries largely survive at the expense of third world countries, using their labor and natural resources.
Changing the scale of values
Arguing their actions with the human right to freedom of choice, some states legalized prostitution and drugs, thereby forming a new value system in the minds of the younger generation, where selling their own body equals the work of a doctor and a teacher, and smoking marijuana becomes the norm.
High crime rate
The world still has a high crime rate. According to this indicator, the absolute leader is Honduras, where there are 90 premeditated murders per 100 thousand people. There is a pattern: the lower the level of spirituality in society and the degree of development of this society, the higher the crime rate there.
The functions of the formation of spirituality in society have always been assigned to the family, church and art. If modern parents will put their children in the headthe principles of honesty and humanity, the spiritual fathers will be an example for their flock, and the writers will begin to put at the center of not the circulation and income, but the high artistry of the works, we will have a chance to revive spirituality and overcome crime.
Prostitution and addiction
Drug and alcohol addiction is a social evil, based on dissatisfaction and the desire to get away from problems. In fact, a person is experiencing spiritual devastation, and society is to blame for this, creating conditions in which a person loses his “I”, starting to seek solace or new emotions in a dose of alcohol or heroin.
Someone, wanting to earn extra money, put a drug addict on a needle, someone was indifferent to his fate, and he turned away from his comrade without making an attempt to save him — he kills human indifference. Silence leads to the loss of compassion and the degradation of society. From here and other troubles of the person: AIDS, growth of prostitution, kidnapping.
Are the problems of modern society solved? Yes, solvable. We see this on the scale of individual, quite prosperous countries: Sweden, Switzerland, and Norway.
Does humanity have a chance to survive? It has.But for this you need to stop mindlessly chasing profits, hiding behind social slogans and ostentatious charity, and throw all available resources into the struggle for the environment, help backward countries and the revival of spirituality.
Is humanity ready for this? The answer to this question we will know over time.