Satisfaction Not Guaranteed: Dilemmas of Progress in Modern Society

Satisfaction Not Guaranteed: Dilemmas of Progress in Modern Society

Peter N. Stearns


within the 20th and twenty-first centuries, smooth city, commercial, prosperous societies have made nice strides in the direction of solving many of the difficulties that plagued different societies for hundreds of years: nutrition shortages are approximately eradicated, baby and maternal mortality has fallen dramatically, contraception is either available and powerful, schooling degrees are larger, and inner violence is considerably diminished. Modernity’s advantages are many and bountiful—but has modernity particularly made us happy?

Satisfaction now not Guaranteed is a publication concerning the sleek , and why the earnings of dwelling in smooth city, commercial, prosperous societies haven't proved extra enjoyable than they've got. It examines why actual effects that paralleled past anticipations of development haven't generated the convenience and contentment that an identical forecasters assumed may practice to trendy existence. utilizing his trademark inquiry of feelings in American heritage, Peter N. Stearns asks why, if glossy existence has been ordinarily characterised via measurable topics of development, abundance, and development, are humans now not happier or extra content material with their lot in lifestyles? Why is there an elevated occurrence of mental melancholy, anxiousness, and the feel that not anyone has ever reached a top of happiness or contentment? It’s no longer lots that modernity went incorrect, yet quite that it has no longer long gone as swimmingly as used to be expected. Satisfaction Not Guaranteed makes use of concrete examples from either heritage and the current, similar to happiness surveys, to debate how as a society we would larger juggle the calls for of recent lifestyles with the pursuit of happiness.

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