There are two overwhelming psychological challenges that are going to face humanity as we move deeper into the 21st Century: 1) profound mutations of society brought on by new technology, and 2) a nihilistic outlook on life. I will address the first in this post.
Disruptions in economic life are already becoming apparent, and are in fact at the heart of the political crisis that has faced the United States for the last 10 years. As time goes on the economic changes brought on by technology will begin to deeply change society. Inequality, unemployment, and changes in social connections will upend people’s sense of security and could completely disrupt existing political structures. Technological changes will create an ever-increasing under class with a lack of skills to thrive in a new economy. This will create a sizable minority of people who feel alienated from society and culture at large. Politicians have done almost nothing to address this problem, and many plans, such as protectionist trade policies and increasing the minimum wage are nothing but band-aids on a gaping wound.