Outlook on Life: Doing-Being

Is mastery over nature or harmony with nature preferred? Is life experienced as an outcome of human effort or the workings of destiny or divine will?

At the Doing Pole

In societies near the Doing pole, people want to actively shape their lives and surroundings. They value planful activities that improve their situations. Technology is cherished as a means of making progress toward a better or more fulfilled life. Being in control of their lives and environment is seen as essential.

People from the U.S. believe that their destiny is controlled by their own actions, not fate. It feels natural to control nature, as is indicated for example by ongoing research on how weather conditions can be changed or how the gender ...

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