Long-Term Change and Future Perspectives
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This chapter is a summary chapter and gives a long view back from ancient times up to modernity. Peoples and collective events are changing, and societies were transformed and create new constellations of well-being. With respect to the state of well-being, it does not seem stable and sustainable but, moreover, fragile and precarious. It is difficult to attain a high level of well-being for a society and then to support the different levels of well-being, to keep the high levels, to stabilize and enforce the middle levels and to support and increase well-being at the lower strata.