Monday 4th March - 06:00 PM GMT
Headline Debate: The Tears of the West
Have we lost faith in civilisation?
Once we believed in progress, and saw ourselves at the leading edge of culture and life as improving. Now we are more likely to see the negatives in both in society and in our future. 75% of millenials think they will be worse off than their parents. But some argue there is a risk this outlook is not only mistaken but bad for our health and society. The Swedish statistician Hans Rosling argued that we are systematically far more negative about ourselves and the world than is justified by the data. Despite a much higher standard of living we are more pessimistic than those in China, India, Russia and Brazil. Furthermore a recent study of 160,000 people showed pessimism negatively effects health with the most optimistic living 11-15% longer than the most pessimistic.
Have we lost faith in our culture and is our self-criticism at risk of becoming self-fulfilling? Do we need to identify and celebrate our strengths and our successes to build a brighter more positive future? Or should we see our self-criticism as rightly identifying injustice that urgently needs to be addressed?
Nobel prize-winning economist Angus Deaton, ideas man and advertising guru Rory Sutherland and renowned sociologist Arlie Hochschild lock horms over whether we have lost faith in civilisation.
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Nobel prize-winning economist
Sir Angus Deaton is the Senior Scholar and Professor of Economics at the Princeton School of Public Affairs, a Nobel laureate, and a widely cited academic on inequality. His work on 'Deaths of Despair' thatwon him the Nobel Prize transformed how economists think about poverty, policy and people's choices.
BBC Journalist and Presenter
Roger Hearing is a presenter on the BBC World Service's Business Matters and World Business Report. He formerly presented Bloomberg Radio and BBC Radio 4's The World Tonight.
Arlie Russell Hochschild is a Professor Emeritus of Sociology at the University of California Berkeley. Arlie's work focuses on the human emotions that underlie moral beliefs, practices and political life generally. She is most famous for coining 'emotional labour' whereby your job involves performing an emotion for payment.
Insightful advertising guru
Rory Sutherland is a columnist at the Spectator, author, and marketing executive with Ogilvy & Mather group. His columns and writing emphasise how our misunderstanding of rationality and psychological quirks inform our everyday decisions.
Nobel prize-winning economist Angus Deaton, ideas man and advertising guru Rory Sutherland and renowned sociologist Arlie Hochschild lock horms over whether we have lost faith in civilisation. Hosted by BBC's Roger Hearing.
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