Aspects of Social Development

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Aspects of Social Development


What applies to persons also applies to the social environment created by the essential personal inter-actions and relationships between individuals. If development - at the individual personal level - has to be for the whole person and for every person, then development at the micro and macro-social environment has to be comprehensive as well (covering all aspects of life); moreover, it has to be inclusive, with opportunities open to all.

Whether at the micro-social level (covering family, friends, and others in our immediate, social networks or circles) or at the macro-social level (covering the entire community with its economic, political and civic dimensions), development efforts should address all aspects:

* The material: a key interest lies in provision for all material needs of the family, and of everyone in the nation (as well as in the international community). Livelihood opportunities need to be created and made available; mechanisms for creating and adding value should be put up and made to function efficiently and at ever-rising levels of productivity; the volume and quality of goods in the economy should be made to grow at reasonable and proper rates (GDP growth has to be secured). Indeed, the fight against material poverty has to be won.

* The educational: equally basic is the provision of opportunities for continuing education for all. The mind has to be given access to the knowledge it seeks, to the skills and competencies it requires, and to the expertise and specialization it needs, in line with a person's preferences and aptitudes. Intellectual horizons need to be broadened; and the room for professional advancement needs to be considerably expanded. Indeed, the fight against ignorance of all types has to be won.

* The cultural: equally critical is the provision of opportunities for the will to be anchored on ideals and for the spirit to soar and meet the demands of social responsibility. …

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