Saturday, April 12, 2008

Unsettled times lead to anxiety and anger - Vancouver Sun, April 12th

It may not be anger we feel so much as anxiety exhibiting itself as anger, says Ehor Boyanowsky, professor emeritus of criminology at Simon Fraser University.

"We have developed a culture of anxiety and short-temperedness."

He attributes this state of affairs to several factors, one of which is a prevalence of technological contrivances that prompt individuals to operate at rushed speeds, leading to a loss of civility, formality and courtesy.

E-mail and text messaging exemplify the succinct, impersonal nature of a great deal of discourse these days. Some cellphone plans even charge by the minute.

Uncertainty may be another contributor to the anxiety so many feel. The world currently is confronting two crisis -- climate change and a diminution of the planet's petroleum reserves.

No one fully understands what these challenges will mean to the average citizen, what amenities we currently enjoy that will have to be forfeited.

"People wonder whether they're living in a fool's paradise, if it's all a house of cards that is going to collapse."


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