Our societies are going through a long historical process of transformation from traditional societies to modern ones. A few centuries ago, life was generally guided by agriculture, families, religions, and traditions. However, since the advent of the First Industrial Revolution, our societies have been constantly shaken by new technological disruptions and political orders.
Whereas our ancestors used to work in fields, surrounded by numerous family members, we now tend to live in small households and spend a lot of time in front of computers. Further technological revolutions will surely disrupt our world again, bringing innovations and further complicating a world that we struggle to fully comprehend.
In the face of invasive algorithms, growing interconnection, and complexity, our political values and moral goals appear to be increasingly overshadowed by the invisible rules of the global markets.
In the face of this modernity, in the vacuum left by the regression of traditional religions, we may feel lost. We yearn to understand our place in this liberal capitalist world, yet struggle to see where it is all heading. The challenges of modernity manifest in various paradoxes we encounter. We can be connected to anyone on the Internet, yet still feel isolated. We can be surrounded by material objects and consumed by to-do lists, yet sense that something is missing.
Our soul is hungry for something modern life took from us. This longing can simply be the fundamental connection to the Earth, our bodies, and our loved ones. Many of the imperatives and gadgets of modernity have pulled us away from these basics, which can explain a lot of our modern anxieties and psychopathologies.