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What is the biggest problem facing society?

What is the biggest problem facing society?

November 8, 2023

Question: What is the biggest problem facing society?

 That's a hard one. I'm just going to mention one and I don't know if this is the biggest one, but I would say with respect to younger people: the gap between aspiration and their skillset. 

 That we live in a rich society and we have huge amounts of evidence available to young people, that they should be able to live a beautiful life, and they really want that when they're young people. But, by the time they are young adults typically, the skillset that they need in order for them to achieve that for themselves has not been developed for various reasons.

 Just to take one kind of stereotypical example, if you imagine someone who is addicted to video games as a young person, becomes very proficient at video games, and thinks of himself or herself as highly proficient; but then that's the skillset you've adopted. When you leave the video game world behind and go out into the real world, you don't have the skillset to take on the real world. You're only dealing with a virtual reality. 

 That becomes enormously frustrating and thenpsychologically destructive things can happen. So, that's a problem I worryabout a lot.

Stephen Hicks Ph.D.
About the author:
Stephen Hicks Ph.D.

Stephen R. C. Hicks is a Senior Scholar for The Atlas Society and Professor of Philosophy at Rockford University. He is also the Director of the Center for Ethics and Entrepreneurship at Rockford University.

Er ist Autor von Die Kunst des Argumentierens: Lektüre für logische Analyse (W. W. Norton & Co., 1998), Erklärung der Postmoderne: Skeptizismus und Sozialismus von Rousseau bis Foucault (Scholargy, 2004), Nietzsche und die Nazis (Ockhams Rasiermesser, 2010), Unternehmerisches Leben (CEEF, 2016), Liberalismus Pro und Contra (Connor Court, 2020), Kunst: Modern, Postmodern, and Beyond (mit Michael Newberry, 2021) und Eight Philosophies of Education (2022). Er hat in Business Ethics Quarterly, Review of Metaphysics und Das Wall Street Journal. Seine Schriften wurden in 20 Sprachen übersetzt.

Er war Gastprofessor für Wirtschaftsethik an der Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., Gastprofessor am Social Philosophy & Policy Center in Bowling Green, Ohio, Gastprofessor an der Universität von Kasimir dem Großen, Polen, Gastprofessor am Harris Manchester College der Universität Oxford, England, und Gastprofessor an der Jagiellonen-Universität, Polen.

Seinen B.A.- und M.A.-Abschluss erwarb er an der Universität von Guelph, Kanada. Seinen Doktortitel in Philosophie erwarb er an der Indiana University, Bloomington, USA.

Im Jahr 2010 wurde er mit dem Excellence in Teaching Award seiner Universität ausgezeichnet.

Seine Open College-Podcast-Reihe wird von Possibly Correct Productions, Toronto, veröffentlicht. Seine Videovorträge und -interviews sind auf dem CEE Video Channel zu sehen, und seine Website lautet  

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