Effects of Modernity

922 WordsApr 11, 20054 Pages
The old-traditional way of life has vanished for ever. Today only villages and some small towns remind us of this kind of life, and as time passes, more people choose to abandon traditional way of life, to move to the "big city". Modern way of life has nothing in common with the traditional one. Human habits, values, norms have changed. The most important of these social changes can be observed in human relationships, family economy, education, government, health, and religion. To be able to examine these changes, one has to compare traditional and modern way of life. In traditional societies, to begin with, there is a strong fellow-feeling; everybody is considered a friend and is expected to act this way, in case of personal or family…show more content…
Finally, the way people see religion has changed. Religion used to play a very important role in traditional societies, especially in medieval Europe, where everything, even political authority was placed around the church. As science became able to provide answers about the creation of the universe, a large number of people began to question religion. What has finally happened is that less people believe nowadays (in proportion) in major religious groups. People turn towards more sophisticated religion groups (sects) which are spread extensively worldwide (Macionis: 495). On the whole, life in modernity has nothing to do with life in traditional societies; this doesn't mean that the way of life became worse; it is just different or even better in some aspects. After all, if this statement wasn't true, people would turn back to the traditional way of life. Modernism is mostly accused for the changes it brought in human relationships, making them impersonal and isolating individuals. Human in traditional societies, however, didn't seem to have much better quality in their relationships, if we look at them a little bit closer. This fellow-feeling and greeting at everyone was done, most of the time, typically and not because they really felt this way. They would socialize not because they wanted to, but because they would be afraid of the consequences of not socializing: "the person who feels he is above associating with everyone … runs the risk
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