How do we conceive the meaning of satisfaction?
How do we define our basic needs? What are our major objectives? How do we see our social relations?
Most of our answers focus on material things from a job, housing, having children, setting up a business, to being wealthy and getting a high position / status. Seldom when you encounter some answers dealing with social or humane considerations.
No one can deny the collapse of our humane values despite the humanity’s great technological and medical breakthroughs. Seemingly our way of living almost has radically changed and our life became easier and a set of essential material items are at hand. We reach our goals but we lost the taste of enjoyment.
We aren’t even certain of our feelings. A complete emotional confusion has settled our sentiment since our emotion swings promptly from a state to its radical opposite one. Sometimes we feel happy but quickly find ourselves doubtful about our true feeling. We think we are rich but we are poor at heart. We think we are on the right path but very soon we discover the opposite.
Most of our social relations are set up on dirty and guilty footing. They ceased to be innocent since our childhood. Our basic social relations include friends of school, colleagues at work, friends of convenience, marriage of convenience, etc. The supreme rule that regulates our social interactions is give and take.
Besides, even our daily language has nowadays a trend to use some marketing concepts.
It lost those beautiful words and expressions of affection and warmth. We don’t touch that high class human taste in arts, poetry, literature, and crafts.
The family, which is supposed to represent the cornerstone of society, has lost its strength of gathering and solidarity. The family unity spirit is dying. Can we talk about the spiritual death era?
Trying to dig at the roots of this disgusting reality seems to be a complicated and laborious task. In fact, globalisation and capitalism seem to have revealed some human killing instincts and led them to supremacy. They conquered our customs and manners. Selfishness and individualism paved the way to greed and opportunism. We hire some economic principles, such as: efficiency, benefit, investment and time management, to hide our real inner evil truth and intention. Thus the economic is dominating the social not serving it, and the person is known by homo economicus.
Is it a deviation from the real philosophy of capitalism and its vision? Or a weakness of this ideology that invaded the whole world?
The concept of “humanisation” dates back to the 17th century but it appears still needful and strongly applied in the 21st century. The age of enlightenment philosophers struggled to free the man from all kinds of manacles to help him create and invent in order to improve his way of living. However, our social interactions remain infected and away from the core of that philosophy.