Referencing his latest book, Satisfaction Not Guaranteed, Dr. Stearns will talk about the tensions between some basic, quite common modern developments, and their corresponding levels of satisfaction. Obvious issues are: how do we measure satisfaction, and how do modern societies stack up here? What are the areas of discomfort? The talk will explore two categories: one where trends were initially mishandled, and the other where new problems and expectations form the clear problem. In particular, consideration will be given to the topics of child rearing and death. And a third topic: how applicable are these suggestions to modern societies in general, and what are the comparative complications? Finally, what might we do about the issues described -- consumerism as a case in point.

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