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Private Worlds and Public Lives
Pages 8 (2008 words)
The dynamics of change in the modern world is so astonishing in many areas that it can be stated absolutely safely that most of us in the end of our lives will be able to say that during our childhood, maturity, and old age we lived not in the same world, but actually in many different worlds.
For example, we may just consider enormous transformation of our perception of the physical distances in the world where today a person can travel half a globe within half a day, or to almost instantaneously establish a communication link with any part of the Earth. Even though these achievements of mankind are seemingly purely technological, they simultaneously exert a great influence on cultural and social aspects of our world views. In this connection, one of the spheres that has been significantly changed in the last hundred years and which in one way or another pertains to the realms of cultural, moral, social, and political concerns is the general distinction between public and private parts of our being. The observation of this crucial principle belongs to the list of the most important social prescriptions in most societies, and its violation consequently constitutes one of the most harshly criticised deviations. ...
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