46 . What after bowling alone?

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By ring-fencing a time budget for a momentous 'breathing space' in the flurry of our life, we may encounter ourselves and take the time to fill the gaps in the framework of our individuality so as to reconcile the qualities of our personality.

If we only live through the eyes of the othersand don't try to capture the vibration of our own individual experience, we maymiss out the beam and brilliance of authenticitythat is essential to move forward in life.

It is true, sociologists and politicians can be of paramount importance for the mental, social and material well-being of the people.

Social scientists analyzing the development of human society can proceed in a clinical way or conversely, with full social commitment. American sociologist Robert Putnam was certainly an inspiration for the picture "What after bowling alone?" Financial capital has always been a priority in our communities and a dynamic process of social integration has been badly neglected. By emphasizing the decline of "social capital" in our society and pointing out the dangers of certain social measures with the negative consequences on the mental wellbeing, sociologists can take the politicians on the road to an improvement of a social system.

But the political arena is not always filled with actors who are listening attentively or looking in the right direction. Many politicians are tantalizing storytellers, as they mix facts with fiction, grab our emotion and tell things, they want us to believe. Their factoids are unremittingly reiterated, take a life on their own and in the end become the very truth... until the bubble bursts.

Critical sociologists will raise the question: do we have a government of the people, by the people for the people. Do the politicians have a short-term vision or a long-term vision? Do they keep in mind the social identity of their constituents? Do they think of the mental wellbeing and the culture of the individuals or are only the next elections imperative?

In the rough-and-tumble play of politics, dog-whistle messages are copiously dispatched over the heads of the grassroots people that cannot see the writing on the wall and have to remain in the cold, like dumb puppets on a string.

In the rough-and-tumble play of politics, dog-whistle messages are copiously dispatched over the heads of the grassroots people that cannot see the writing on the wall and have to remain in the cold, like dumb puppets on a string

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