Question: What is the biggest problem facing society?
That's a hard one. I'm just going to mention one and I don't know if this is the biggest one, but I would say with respect to younger people: the gap between aspiration and their skillset.
That we live in a rich society and we have huge amounts of evidence available to young people, that they should be able to live a beautiful life, and they really want that when they're young people. But, by the time they are young adults typically, the skillset that they need in order for them to achieve that for themselves has not been developed for various reasons.
Just to take one kind of stereotypical example, if you imagine someone who is addicted to video games as a young person, becomes very proficient at video games, and thinks of himself or herself as highly proficient; but then that's the skillset you've adopted. When you leave the video game world behind and go out into the real world, you don't have the skillset to take on the real world. You're only dealing with a virtual reality.
That becomes enormously frustrating and thenpsychologically destructive things can happen. So, that's a problem I worryabout a lot.
Stephen R. C. Hicks博士是羅克福德大學哲學教授，倫理與創業中心執行主任，阿特拉斯學會高級學者。
他是《推理的藝術：邏輯分析讀物》（W. W. Norton & Co.，1998）、《解釋後現代主義：從盧梭到福柯的懷疑主義和社會主義》（Scholargy，2004）、《尼采與納粹》（奧卡姆剃刀，2010）、《創業生活》（CEEF，2016）、《自由主義的利弊》（康納·考特，2020）、《藝術：現代、後現代和超越》（與邁克爾·紐伯里合著，2021）和《八大教育哲學》的作者 （2022）. 他曾在《商業道德季刊》、《形而上學評論》和《華爾街日報》上發表文章。他的著作已被翻譯成20種語言。
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