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What should be the focus of human progress and achievement?

I study Media and Communication studies and am fascinated by how the new age of advertisements and consumerism have affected human beings. That being said, should we allow ourselves to live in the fake worlds we create or should we be spending more time and energy on advancing our species?

Please share your thoughts, I have thought about this for a very long time and find any opinion interesting and informative.

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    Oct 16 2013: Michael,
    Based on several other conversations similar to this one....meaning of life.....purpose of humans.....etc., it appears that you could get a different answer from everyone who participates in the conversation!

    Based on the fact that some people will not even interact with other people because of race, religious and cultural practices and beliefs, sexual preference, etc., it seems unlikely that there will be a collective agreement regarding "focus of human progress and achievement".

    Perhaps the way we live (whether fake, in your perception or not) is already contributing to the advancement of our species?

    My personal goal/focus, is to learn, grow and evolve as an individual, while contributing to the whole.
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      Oct 17 2013: Colleen,

      We have very similar personal goals. Human beings are the most interesting thing to study, in my opinion.
      The things we have the ability to do, both good and bad, is awe-inspiring.
      I just worry that the story of "us" will have a hollow ending.
      Ultimately, our potential is determined by us and only us. I worry we will get so wrapped up in things that don't matter that we will miss out on the things that do.
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        Oct 18 2013: I agree Michael.....I have always been intrigued by human behaviors as well.....mine included!!!

        My curiosity about life and the human life adventure has inspired exploration of the many mind/body possibilities. I agree....our potential is determined by us, and how we contribute as individuals, interacting with the whole is important.

        The challenge with "worrying" about that which matters, and that which does not matter, is that as humans, probably different things will be more.....or less.....important to each one of us? That is why I believe it is difficult to discover, explore or name a collective "focus of human progress and achievement?"

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