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Problems Facing in Society What is 1 issue that the society is facing?

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Responding to #11, I think you have hit upon something there. At some point people lost track of the difference between a need and a want. This theme plays across many other discussions on this site - for instance, the many versions of can/should/will China and India attain the standard of living that is common in the US?

The reality is that people spend so much time and energy pursuing the means to pay for their standard of living that they don't spend any time living. We have houses that are far bigger than necessary, we travel great distances to do trivial errands, and we spend our money and time on "stuff", and then we read advice columns on what to do about the clutter that the stuff creates. And of course the production of all this stuff is very hard on the planet.

If you have not seen Annie Leonard's "The Story of Stuff", it is a very interesting online video. You can find it at

http://www.storyofstuff.com/

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I can see that the advances made in technological monitoring have great advantages to society, however I also feel that we are eroding our privacy.

I would say that we are heading rapidly to a state where privacy is non-existent, and the desire to remain out of the loop of social networking is seen as subversive. I constantly receive pressure from family, friends, colleagues and even my workplace to sign up to Facebook, Twitter and the like. I currently choose not to be part of these networks, but I am made to feel increasingly uncomfortable about my choice. Travelling to the US now involves retinal scanning and other processes of retaining personal data.

 

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As you can see by the variety of ideas posted above, there are many problems facing society today...the most critical one would be a matter of opinion.

In my view, as a struggling middle class teacher, the biggest problem in American society is the nation's huge debt and the resulting recession. I think our government needs to get a handle on its spending and put itself on a strict budget (like the rest of have to do to pay the bills) so that we can get the US financially healthy again.

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I would have to agree with others (assuming you are talking about the US) that the economic situation we face in terms of debt, recession and taxes is our largest threat at the moment.  It will be difficult to envision, and very difficult for Americans to accept, a decline in our standard of living, but that is exactly what happens in the long term if we cannot reverse or stabilize this situation somehow.  Safety nets and major programs of aid such as Social Security and Medicare are threatened, but so are bedrock institutions like universities and emergency services.

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Health reform and keeping a nation healthy is, to me, the first issue to be addressed. Surely, the economy's dire state is conducive to the way in which basic social services continue to be overlooked for lack of money.

Yet, as D.C. tries to come together to avoid a crashing debt followed by a horribly-implemented national health care plan,...

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Education, or the lack of education, is the number one issue facing various societies worldwide. Because of the rapid changes in the labor market and in society as a whole, education is a necessary tool that people must have to compete. Those without an education will not be able to work in the new economy, and those with an education will be able to succeed.

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Education, I think is the common problem that happens in some countries. Some people can't have a good education. It is still very expensive to go to universities although there are some scholarship provided. By education, a nation can be a successful nation.

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I can see that the advances made in technological monitoring have great advantages to society, however I also feel that we are eroding our privacy.

I would say that we are heading rapidly to a state where privacy is non-existent, and the desire to remain out of the loop of social networking is seen as subversive. I constantly receive pressure from family, friends, colleagues and even my workplace to sign up to Facebook, Twitter and the like. I currently choose not to be part of these networks, but I am made to feel increasingly uncomfortable about my choice. Travelling to the US now involves retinal scanning and other processes of retaining personal data.

 

Well said. I am reminded of Orwell's, 1984. We are increasingly scared into relinquishing our human rights without much opposition.

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truthseekah | Student

I feel the #1 issue is equating materialism with happiness.

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