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Satisfaction Not GuaranteedDilemmas of Progress in Modern Society$
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Peter N. Stearns

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780814783627

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9780814783627.001.0001

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Shaping Modernity

(p.255) Conclusion
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Peter N. Stearns

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This concluding chapter emphasizes that modernity will continue to progress as more nations begin to adopt it, and that adjustments to modernity are still ongoing regardless of its many failures. There are likewise attempts made on quantifying happiness to some extent, though there are difficulties with such ventures. Furthermore, the issues involved are global, as more and more societies reach a measurable level of modernity. Yet while many difficulties are associated with modernity and with finding a viable solution for closing the modernity–happiness gap, modernity itself has brought many real gains. Abolishing it would not be the answer, though we would certainly benefit from a more thoughtful acceptance of modernity and an evaluation of the adjustment process therein.

Keywords:   modernity–happiness gap, quantifying happiness, modernity, modern process, modernity failures, global issues

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