This is a Liberal Art Core Foundation Class
Consider this question in a minimum of 750 words: We live in a world full of challenges. In many places people are experiencing rising unemployment, political violence, poverty, and looming ecological disasters related to all the other issues mentioned on this short list of problems. As individuals living in a free society we are also free to pursue our private satisfactions independently of others. Yet we are also embedded in a broader society that includes our family, our communities, and our nation – not to mention that it is common today to speak of an even wider global community. Consider including social media and/or new media technology in your response.
In your opinion, what is the role of the individual in helping to solve some of the problems mentioned above?
Are we more likely to solve the problems if we embrace a sense of common purpose and public spirit focused on the collective good? Or,
Should we focus on our private pursuits and a market mentality that says our consumption is what makes the world go round?
Is there a balance between what the individual is responsible for and what our role should be in the public sphere?