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IS MODERN SOCIETY DESTROYING THE SOUL OF HUMANITY?

YES

Side Score: 35
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NO

Side Score: 32
2 points

Technology destroys family ties

People nowadays prefer to be sitting in front of their televisions and computers instead of eating with their families during meal time.

Technology makes people lazy.

Most people are getting lazy due to the fact that their work is just a push of a button. Other than being lazy alone, this can also make people obese that will lead them to more serious problems.

Side: yes
Prevaricate(57) Disputed
1 point

i make the counter argument that computers/Internet connect, thus improving family ties

example - troops in Iraq and Afghanistan stay better connect with their families

example - those homebound due to illness, disability are able to stay connected with far-away family members

Side: No
deepishm(357) Disputed
1 point

The people you say are in just small numbers. But in reality more than giving the modern society has taken more from us.

Side: YES

Yes, there are no morals any more. It's a free for all. Anything goes and if you don't go along, you're a . ;)

Side: yes
Prevaricate(57) Disputed
1 point

attn JoeCavalry:

your comment implies that there was a time when there was/were morals

could yah tell me when this time actually existed ???

i honestly doubt if the past was any more moral than the present

Side: No
2 points

You're correct. Everyone looks at the past through "rose colored lenses" or whatever,

Joe though, I think he just kind of makes up the past from his own head as he goes.

At any rate, the past was brutish, disgusting, unjust, and generally crappy.

Today we are a far more moral and just society than any society likely in history (speaking of Westernized nations)

Side: No

It took a million debates, but at last we are on the same page. Wisdom from the insane, a shock to my system.

Side: yes
1 point

ssshhhh! It's not cool to be old fashioned anymore! Maybe we should just go with the flow. Then maybe we will get more up votes. (;

Side: CONFORMITY
1 point

yes.

because the society believes what it sees and hears.

it does not care for the means used, why did the person do that etc.

todays society is largely self- contained, humanity is almost extinct.

Side: yes
1 point

absolutely

case 1:a boy met with an accident and was bleeding severely. As ususal, the crowd gathered and none called the ambulance. ram came to the spot and on seeing the boy and blood, he rushes to help him and he picks him up and takes him to hospital, not caring for that it was a police case.

he was given an award of rs.200 which he refused saying that he wanted to help the boy and god sent him for that purpose alone.

case 2: a boy met with an accident and was bleeding severely. As ususal, the crowd gathered and none called the ambulance.shyam , came to the spot and was just calmly watching when the press coverage reached the spot. on seeing the press, shyam picks up the boy and takes him to the hospital and the boy is saved...shyam becomes a hero and he was rewarded.

who according to you was the good person???

case 1 was in 1945, case 2 -2009

Side: yes
deepishm(357) Disputed
2 points

there is no difference between the two.............................................

Side: No
phoenix(96) Disputed
1 point

i suppose you did't get my idea.

in the 1st case, ram helps out of humanity.

in the 2nd case, shyam helps because he wanted fame as a good person.

outwardly, shyam may be good. his actions are accepted by the society.they treat it as a sign of humanity. but it is of course, not a humanity.if you call that as humanity, then, u will have to give a new definition for humanity, which is apure emotionthat a warm-hearted person can feel.actions can be same in the cases, but, the determinants, (i.e.,intentions and thoughts) are entirely different. you may not show it outwardly, but if you react to a beggar mentally(out of humanity) and say a prayer for him to god, it is also called humanity(although invisible,it is better)

Side: yes
1 point

The internet via the worldwideweb is the single biggest threat to society there has ever been. It's true that in the past there have been terrible things done by humans to humans. Our society has steadily improved and shaken off the misdoings of the past right up until this point. The internet has been around for exactly 14 years; do we think that we can already see the effects of children being raised by it, by the steady decline of morals or the indifference it spreads amongst it's users? Why do people always have to learn the hard way once it's too late instead of using pure reason to see that things like this lead to a dead end?

Side: yes
1 point

Agreed, to an extent. If society was already in trouble, the Internet certainly was the gasoline to the flames.

It has enabled, however, some people to report on truthful facts that most defiantly would not have been reported on mainstream tv.

It is a double edged sword, but I believe it is more harmful then helpful, overall.

Side: YES
1 point

Yes modern society is destroying the souls of humanity if it is not so

1.Why are there so many old age homes and children who don't care for their parents?

2.Why is there so much of increase in pollution and decrease in forests?

3.Why is it that people now days are becoming more and more callous?

I think this is enough to say that modern society is destroying our souls.

Side: yes
1 point

Absolutely YES! Did you even know how bastard people talking about SEX at some chat rooms and social networking sites...this doesn't show much respect for each other and definitely destroying the soul of humanity.

Side: yes
1 point

Yep. People and society were not ready for the advent of the Internet, especially the way it exploded. It has become such a fascination with everyone the world over, that they forget to look up from their screens (smartphone or otherwise) and realize there was life before everyone was 'connected'.

Now, if you do happen to look at the world, you will realize all this 'modern technology' is also being used to oppress and spy on everyday people, by governing bodies that are increasingly hostile and reckless towards those they govern.

In the 80's and even the 90's I didn't have to worry about what I said in public, if I was going to be strip searched at an airport, or if I was going to be tazed by a cop for failing to sign a ticket and obey every command barked in my face like a POW.

I also know tat if something like that would have happened to me 'back in the day', I would have the support of my community and local media.

To sum up, the further we head into the new millennium, the worse society is becoming. To keep up, you have to constantly interact with technology, sacrifice your moral code, eat and breath increasingly toxic food air, bath in microwave radiation, and watch your every step when your out and about.

No wonder there are so many basement dwellers these days, and when they do get out, they are so busy looking and interacting with their tech (as opposed to, say, the person sitting across from them) they might as well have never left the house in the first pace.

Ps... If you put all your faith in technology, you will be constantly unsatisfied. If you put your faith and energy into people (try and find the ones who are not already zombies), you will always be satisfied in the end... And people do not need to be upgraded every year for the latest and greatest.

Cheers!

Side: YES
1 point

There are too many reasons why modern society is in some forms destroying the soul of humanity. Humans nowadays are relying too much on society to tell them what is right and what is wrong. Behaviours and language that were classed as "inappropriate" are now "acceptable". The younger generation are being presented with the horrifying truths of todays society too early in their lives. Humanity was never this vile and inappropriate. We are being faced with the harsh reality that we as the "modern Society" are destroying the soul of humanity.

Side: YES
1 point

Humanity has always been destoryed, also society, i mean, look at the things around you, people are getting arrest for looking people in the eyes!

Side: YES
1 point

Yes, because even though technology connect you more to people far away.. it can make you connect lesser to people near you. Face-to-face interaction improves a relationship better than communication through digital devices

Side: YES
0 points

I don't think it has gone totally yet, but I DO feel that it is deteriorating very quickly. The worst part is that everything is getting younger. Sex, drugs, alcohol, smoking, stress etc. I feel the reason for this is capitalism - or that competitive mentality, the dog eat dog world. There is a breakdown of a local community, traditional morals and increase in the lack of respect.

Side: yes
1 point

In medieval times, most people would marry in their teens and die by their late twenties. Everything you have said has been going on for ages, each generation just ignores it. Parents tell there kids what not to do, because they did the same thing and screwed up themselves. Actually, respect has increased. Yes, some don't know what respect truly is, but for the most part people still have respect for one another.

Side: No
Kinda(1649) Disputed
1 point

You're getting marriage mixed up with promiscuity. Don't tell me respect has increased. Please don't. It insults your intelligence. And no, there weren't the same problems. Problems change as time and societies change. In the past problems may have been worse health, technology etc. etc. These days the problems are the ones I've stated above, whereas we have better health, technology etc.

Every person will always talk about how the old days were better. My dad for example always talks about how muc more respect people had, honour, how society used to build itself, and now people just want to take from each other's pockets. When I grow up I will probably be talking about how much better T.V. and Consoles are and now it's just all about flash effects and technology.

in MODERN society one of the problems is the destruction of the soul of humanity.

Side: yes
3 points

What even is this "Soul of Humanity"?

Whatever it is, modern society was born from it, so ultimately it would be the soul of humanity destroying the soul of humanity.

In all seriousness, I think I know where you're coming from but this "destruction" that you see and claim is from society is only a societal shift that starts on the individual's level, so it's easy to see, for anyone that takes the time to see it.

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Side: No

No, the loosening of morals has allowed an equal opportunity for everyone; rights for everyone and if you don't go along, you're a . ;)

Side: No

First off, I don't think this is a technology debate. I do not think that modern society is destroying the "soul of humanity," whatever that means. Modern society is more tolerant and less people live in poverty, although many still do. Each generation has its own issues, and must adapt and evolve. Our society is simply reflecting changes in the modern era, not excellent, but not bad. So no, its not destroying humanity. Unless you mean religous humanity, then yes, and thank god.

Side: No
Thewayitis(4071) Disputed
1 point

Society now accepts a thief, it is called modern business. If one screws somebody over, it is just business as usual. A handshake used to seal a deal, now it takes a twenty page contract. Modern society destroyed humanity and left nothing but thieves.

β€œHe that is of the opinion money will do everything, may well be suspected of doing everything for money.” Ben Franklin

β€œ The path of least resistance makes crooked rivers and also crooked men.” William Danforth

Side: yes
Kinda(1649) Disputed
1 point

I definitely do not think there are less people in poverty. Or relative poverty anyway. However it's difficult to define what you mean by that. What we would define as poor now was definitely not poor before as it was the norm i.e. A farmer would not have a 'disposable income' before, but wouldn't really want or need some. I'm sure you've heard that 2% of the population controls 90% of total wealth?(something like that)

You are right that each generation has it's issues. The problem with todays generation is that it is completely focused on capital gains - money, power and pussy rules most of todays mind, which leads to a decline in morals. You see it everywhere everyday, it is getting worse and worse EVEN IF the country's GDP is inceasing, it's values has gone down the drain.

Side: yes
1 point

I mean that overall, living conditions are better. Yes, I have heard the income argument. Yes, it is valid. However, on average, people live better in modern times than in the past. Capital gains? Those have been the motivations since ancient times, so I really do not see a change there. Frankly, each generation just covers up the bad, each has the same or some variant of the same problems.

Side: No
1 point

obviously not !!!

but you should have defined "modern society" and also the "soul of humanity" because i doubt if we are all working from the same interpretation

Side: No
Thewayitis(4071) Disputed
1 point

Modern society, I define has "today." Soul of Humanity, I define "That which is good within one's body."

Side: yes

No, humanity's soul is not destroyed. You are all looking at the issue from a pessimistic viewpoint. Look at the positives. More toleration, more freedom, and less poverty. Of course these things still exist, but not as bad as they once did. Afterall, the poorest man in America is the richest man in Africa. If you look at modern society and magnify the bad, like you pessimists are, then of course you see a destruction of morality. If there were no morals, the average joe would walk up and shoot a random stranger, steal from an orphan, and live in greed. For the most part, although there are some individuals, people do not behave this way, so there still are morals. And the corruption of corporations is natural, even if its not good. Anything that gains power ultimately becomes corrupt. That is life as it always has been since humans evolved. So society in essence remains the same.

Side: No
1 point

technology is the power and its up to U how U use it E=mc2 se atom bumb bhi banta hai aur nuclear power piant bhi .

Side: No
1 point

the assertion that today's soceity is destroying the human souls is oxymoron.there never have been generation which is perfect.this generation may lack in moral values but is much better in many ways like tolerance power,poverty etc.

Side: NO
Aki-sato(11) Disputed
1 point

The difference is, past eras of humanity at least made an effort to band together... Sometimes against other pockets of humanity, granted.

Today, especially the young (but most of us to some degree) have started caring only about our own selfish desires. Latest iPad? Yes, worth waiting in line for. Helping someone on the street that was just mugged? Nah, gotta get to that lineup for my new iPad, so I can brag about my new swag.

Therefore, the tolerance you speak of is a tolerance of ignorant, greedy, uncouth morons and big business that create said morons.

No offence, but do you not think there is poverty in the world?

America is on the verge of economic collapse (due to corporate greed, mainly) and over 45% of the population are licking food stamps for dinner (pun intended).

Perhaps Americans have accepted this as the norm, as we have become very tolerant.

Cheers

Side: YES
0 points

technology strengthens family bonding.

We should remember that there are some children who are away from their families; it could be because of schooling or their parents working abroad. It is only with the use of our modern technology that they would be able to communicate.

We are now in 21st century, and the demand of mass production, it is only with our modern technology that it would be made possible.

Side: No
0 points

Soul? You mean like a ghost or something?

No. If by "destroying the soul" you mean all work and no play or a moral compass or something:

I'd imagine being born in a clan, spending every waking hour hunting, gathering, sleeping, and starving, rarely if ever talking to anyone outside of your clan, art consisting of drawings on a cave wall a modern 3-year-old could do, then dying in your mid twenties from some brutal physical trauma or a hideous and painful disease,

that didn't leave tons of time for "soul" searching.

I'd say if anything modern society created the "soul of humanity"

Side: No
0 points

2 downvotes? come on, someone should have at least one response in that case.

Side: No
Kinda(1649) Disputed
-1 points

I'm only replying to this because you've asked.

I think he means the 'soul of humanity' in terms of traditional human values/morals.

What you're talking about is some monkey bullsh*t about cavemen. By modern I think he means the past 50-100 years.

You're talking about Neanderthals millions of years ago. That is why your post has been branded retarded. Because it is.

Side: yes
iamdavidh(4856) Disputed
1 point

What you're talking about is some monkey bullsh-t about cavemen. By modern I think he means the past 50-100 years

Monkey bullsh-t?

So what? You don't believe in cavemen?

Even if one is only talking about the last 50-100 years (which isn't specified by the way)

People have been constantly changing at basically the same rate for hundreds of thousands of years.

One could ask the same question 50-100 years ago "is modern society destroying the soul of humanity"?

And the answer would have been the same back then. And it would have been the same a hundred years before, and a hundred years before, right back to when we were cavemen.

It's not that my post is retarded, it's that some morons didn't understand the answer. (hint: apparently you)

Side: No
0 points

Traditional human values? Values differ across cultures, states, countries, even neighbors can have different sets of values. And to downgrade his argument is not valid. If we had not evolved past the cavemen mentality, we would have no thoughts, no ability to even question our existence. So his argument is valid, though somewhat awkwardly said. You obviously sound like an intollerant, hardcore Christian. Nay I say to you; if you won't read evidence or look at an argument with more than one perspective you should go back to your dogma.

Side: No
0 points

Definitely not. I simply want to say to my opposing friends that if u think that modern technology is destroying humanity please why are u using internet and computer (modern technology) to support the cause why don't u use letters instead and let us the modern technology admirers to use computers......

Side: No
Aki-sato(11) Disputed
1 point

Because, we are caught in the same trap as you are. I used to love technology, still do actually... But the ways it is being implemented into our lives is problematic.

We are pretty much forced to use cell phones, the Internet, etc.

If we do not use these things, even though they have become a blight on modern day society, we get left behind. It's like being hitched to a horse and buggy headed for a cliff - if we jump off now, we won't survive, if we hang on we move closer to the cliff (social breakdown).

The only solution is to use the modern tech to change direction as a society. I don't think that is very likely to happen, but if no one says anything, then it defiantly won't happen.

Thus, I sit here and spend some of my time making these arguments.

Cheers

Side: YES
-1 points

Technology makes work easier

We are not anymore in the era where Egyptians would still pull stones to make their pyramids. It is with the modern technology that the burdens of employees nowadays are lessened. It will never mean that we are getting lazy for it does not change the fact that you are still working.

Technology helps employment rate increase.

Technology aids the construction of the companies all over the world, and the fast growing sought companies of today are the call centers especially in the Philippines.

Side: No
Thewayitis(4071) Disputed
1 point

Robots help factories hire more people, try another lie.

Pulling stones employed people. I know they were slaves, a fine line between the two. One of the guys given credit for changing the construction industry, started with a crew of 400 men in the 1920's. His mission in life was to make it a one man job. Technology did this for him.

Side: yes
trumpeter93(999) Disputed
1 point

Technology makes work easier which makes us lazier because we depend on it. Then it makes us fatter because we spend more time on our computers and in front of our TVs than getting exercise.

Side: yes
deepishm(357) Disputed
1 point

speaking of experience!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Side: No