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Abstract

This paper ranges over a number of questions to do with the seemingly general sense of anxiety and discontent about life at this time, a time when we should be enjoying the embarrassment of riches heaped upon us in the West. Certainly, here in Ireland, we have experienced unprecedented wealth over the past ten years and yet you would be hard pressed to find a positive voice. Why is this? And how are we to turn this state of affairs around? My own work, over a thirty-year period, has engaged with the social, cultural and arts world and so these musings reflect this background. Such work has brought me into contact with many different people and situations and it has touched on some fundamental issues to do with personal fulfilment and communal development. Here I wish to outline some of the problems as I see them and pose a number of solutions, which, at the very least, may frame a debate around these confusing and troubling issues.

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