2/5 "Society has made a shift, from a focus on humility and reservedness to a focus on individual desire"
When the news got out that American troops had killed Osama bin Laden in May 2011, the streets of many US cities were packed with cheering citizens. Politicians and celebrities openly rejoiced.
Now consider a similar event from a different era: Victory in Europe (VE) day, 1945. With the end of World War II, Americans were certainly happy, yet victory celebrations were far more reserved.
What changed from then to now?
Society used to emphasize that humans were not strong but essentially weak, a climate in which Adam II types thrived. For instance, Christian thinkers such as Augustine rejected worldly success to teach about sin and human error.
At the same time, humanists stressed the limits of our understanding and viewed pride with suspicion. Both schools of thought had the same point, stressing that individualism was not a virtue.
All this changed with the rise of romanticism in the eighteenth century, an era marked with the increasing prevalence of Adam I types and ideas of human goodness and the power of the individual.
After this period, our two Adams remained more or less in balance in society. That is, until the mid-twentieth century.
After the Depression and World War II, people were ready to cut loose, relax and enjoy life. Consumption, and its counterpart, mass advertising, grew considerably as people searched for ways to make life easier and more fun.
In general, society sought to break free from the shackles of self-restraint and claim a new and upbeat, positive lifestyle.
The 1950s and 1960s were about pride and empowerment, a time when marginalized communities, from women to minorities, sought justice. But this age of empowerment also saw the power of individualism and personal desire overshadowing humility Blinkist® #theroadtocharacter #book #read #bestseller #knowledge #personality #mustread #virtues #honor #morals #society #tailopez #socialmedia #character #wisdom #entrepreneur #job #courage #virtues #instabook #selflove #selfie #selfhelp #selfrespect #respect