At a roundTABLE event, ACADEMIA SUPERIOR discussed discussed consumerism, a prevalent all-risk-insurance mentality, and a lack of self-esteem and responsibility in our society.
Demand thinking currently seems widespread: the more you have, the more everything is taken for granted – and we always want more. Are people turning into insipid consumers, increasingly dissatisfied citizens, who mistake „more” for „better”?
Many things are consumed instead of living them: entertainment, news, politics, even education has become a commodity and threatens to lose value.
Are the causes of this phenomenon in a general decay of values, in how we communitcate, or in the nature of man? Does egoism actually rule or is it only more visible due to current developments? Are people unconsciously programmed to solely be consumers?
These were the questions of a RoundTABLE event, which took place in Timelkam. A small number of people vividly discussed the causes of this development and thought about solutions.
Self-esteem is key
Even though different views on the causes and characteristics were discussed, there was agreement on possible solutions to change into a value society:
The principle of „being instead of having” is an essential anchor for more satisfaction. All measures that strengthen or promote people’s sense of responsibility and self-esteem from an early age are therefore essential. Anyone who is aware of their individual uniqueness and talents is less tempted to strengthen self-esteem through short-lived consumption from the outside and looks more optimistically into the future.
Specifically, the discussion focused on the introduction of a comprehensive ethics education in school, the initiation of public discussions on the question of what is important for a fulfilled life and how social growth can lead to uniqueness and authenticity, or the creation of open spaces for children and adolescents, to develop and become self-reliant. At the end of the day, everyone should be encouraged and empowered to ask themselves these very questions.