Over the years humanism has helped shape our world. It has helped create many scientific theories and has moved our world forward in this area. As humanism and our world have advanced, people have become more and more focused on small things, which in some people’s eyes are the keys to being successful, at least in this time.
During my life I have been lucky enough to be taught a broader range of information and skills then most people. Instead of my teachers only teaching me the so-called fundamentals, I was also taught the importance of relationships with others. This however is not true for everyone and because of it the majority of our world is being narrowed.
The reason our views have become so narrowed is because people have put so much emphasis on things such as SAT scores, material gains and different techniques to achieve wealth and prosperity. Since most people are focused solely on these items our world has become single minded and therefore is not living up to its full potential.
Being an extremely gifted student or doing well on the SAT’s will only get you so far in life. There are other characteristics that are just as important if not more. These characteristics include how one interacts with other people and how they are mentally prepared for events in their lives.
Because people have forgotten to teach these skills to each other, our world has become a shadow of what it could be. We have become advanced in material things and we will continue to grow here, but how has our social world grown?
It hasn’t, in fact it has possibly declined over time. As our social skills have declined so has peoples lives in general. Only recently have people begun to understand the importance of our social abilities and in this event people are beginning to learn about them once more. It will take time for us to once more be accomplished in this area, but I am confident that if we continue to research and push ahead in this area our society will be a much better place and humanists will once again have the correct balance between social relationships and materialistic thoughts.
This was inspired by David Brooks article on humanism which can be viewed at the following link: