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How the Modern World Makes Us Mentally Ill

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Modern world has all its perks and conveniences. However, it also has pitfalls causing a high background level of anxiety and widespread low-level depression. This video cites some of the pitfalls.
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According to the video, there are six particular features of modernity that have this psychologically disturbing effect. each one has a potential cure which we will only collectively put into action when we know more about the disease in question.
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Let us discuss the six features and let us know your comments on each.
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1. Meritocracy. Our societies tell us that everyone is free to make it if they have the talent and energy. The downside of this ostensibly liberating and beautiful idea is that any perceived lack of success is taken to be not as in the past an accident or misfortune, but as a sure sign of a lack of talent or laziness. If those at top deserve all their success then those at the bottom must surely deserve all their failure.
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The Cure is a strong culturally endorsed belief in two big ideas: Luck which says success doesn't just depend on talent and effort and Tragedy which says good decent people can fail and deserve compassion rather than contempt.
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Meritocrats accept inequality as proper. As long as opportunities are equal, outcomes need not be. Of course this ignores that opportunities are not equal but it also legitimises the increasing bifurcation of our society.
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Our society still tends to downplay the role luck plays in success, instead preferring to apportion success down to hard work and aptitude. While individuals can contribute somewhat to their own success, there is also a considerable amount of fortune involved, with their success likely to have involved many other things in addition to their own greatness.
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Whenever a person encountered an unlucky event, their success was reduced in half, and whenever a person encountered a lucky event, their success doubled proportional to their talent.
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When we feel threatened, our nervous system is awash in adrenaline and goes into overdrive; when we’re in this state, showing ourselves care and kindness is usually the last thing we’re inclined to do. When we experience positive, warm connections, however, our system releases oxytocin, a feel-good hormone that downregulates the effects of adrenaline. Taking a mindful pause and then bringing kindness to ourselves seems to activate our innate caregiving system and the calming effect of oxytocin, allowing the mind to clear and giving us a chance to take rational steps to resolve the issue.
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2. Individualism. An individualistic society preaches that the individual and their achievements are everything and that everyone is capable of a special destiny. it's not the community that matters, the group is for no hopeless, to be ordinary is regarded as a curse. the result is that the very thing that most of us will end up being statistically speaking is associated with freakish failure.
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the Cure is a cult of the good ordinary life and proper appreciation of the pleasures and quiet heroism of the everyday.
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In general, individualist cultures tend to conceive of people as self-directed and autonomous, and they tend to prioritize independence and uniqueness as cultural values. Collectivist cultures, on the other hand, tend to see people as connected with others and embedded in a broader social context -- as such, they tend to emphasize interdependence, family relationships, and social conformity.
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Individualism is the idea that the individual’s life belongs to him and that he has an inalienable right to live it as he sees fit, to act on his own judgment, to keep and use the product of his effort, and to pursue the values of his choosing. It’s the idea that the individual is sovereign, an end in himself, and the fundamental unit of moral concern.
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