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How to think about social and cultural change
Lawrence R. Samuel Ph.D.
People who feel they are making strides up their personal evolution ladder are not just healthy and happy but wise, or at least in the vicinity.
Many Americans find Buddhism to be an ideal alternative or complement to traditional Judeo-Christian religion.
Social norms are colliding with scientific breakthroughs that will make the future a golden age for naturally and chemically-induced altered states.
It clearly appears that gender is a continuum rather than being absolute, with most people possessing a blend of what we consider to be feminine and masculine traits.
Numerous research studies have shown that materialism is not a particularly good path to realize happiness in one’s life.
Less-is-more has evolved into a worldwide movement based in conscious minimalism that is tied to social and environmental responsibility.
People who specialize in such things argue that acceleration is more than just a nagging feeling that life is speeding by.
Churches all over the world are shutting down as evidence suggests that more people are turning away from organized religion and towards philosophies rooted in humanist values.
There are clear signs that individualism is evolving into a global movement, as people all over the world rebuff external control in favor of sovereignty of the self.
The future serves as an opportunity to both vent our worst fears and air our greatest hopes—the most profound one being that we’ll live on after our bodies die.
Social and cultural change are more important than ever as the concept of time continues to accelerate.
Lawrence R. Samuel, Ph.D., is an American cultural historian who holds a Ph.D. in American Studies and was a Smithsonian Institution Fellow.