Humans traditionally lived in family-based social structures and artificial shelters. Personal life is the course of an example of critical thinking in everyday life’s life, especially when viewed as the sum of personal choices contributing to one’s personal identity. In ancient past, most people’s time was limited by the need to meet necessities such as food and shelter through first hunting and gathering and later subsistence farming and there was not much leisure time. The modern conception of personal life is an offshoot of modern Western society.
A modern person tends to distinguish one’s work from one’s personal life. It is a person’s choices and preferences outside work that define personal life, including one’s choice of hobbies, cultural interests, manner of dress, and so on. In particular, what activities one engages in during leisure-time defines a person’s personal life. People in Western countries, such as the United States, tend to value privacy. In the past, before modern technology largely alleviated issues of economic scarcity in industrialised countries, most people spent a large portion of their time attempting to provide their basic survival needs, including water, food, and protection from the weather. Increasingly, leisure time is spent on computer games. The notion of a personal life, as currently understood, is in part an artifact of modern Western society.
George Lakoff sees the metaphor of life as “a journey” as a noteworthy structuring idea in “our culture”. Compare the traditional Chinese concept of tao. Other factors affecting personal life include individuals’ health, personal relationships, pets as well as home and personal possessions. The way in which individuals make use of their spare time also plays an important role in defining their personal lives. In general, leisure activities can be categorised as either passive, in cases when no real effort is required, or active, when substantial physical or mental energy is needed. Passive activities include watching television, listening to music, watching sports activities or going to the cinema.
The individual simply relaxes without any special effort. Active activities may be more or less intensive ranging from walking, through jogging and cycling to sports such as tennis or football. Based on 2007 data, a US survey on use of leisure time found that the daily use of leisure time by individuals over 15 averaged 4. TV while only 19 minutes involved active participation in sports and exercise. The room often reflects many aspects of one’s personal life. The former concerns the right to be left alone in respect of the most intimate details of one’s personal life and is a more accepted doctrine than the latter which concerns freedom from undue regulation and control. Don Mills, Ontario: Oxford University Press.
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5: How Does Democracy Threaten Liberty? The Chicago Companion to Tocqueville’s Democracy in America. For Tocqueville individualism meant the habit of living isolated from your fellows, of not concerning yourself with any public affairs, and of abandoning those matters to the care of the government as the only clearly visible representative of common interests. Like democratic materialism, democratic individualism led to the death of civic life and opened the door to any despotic power that would assume responsibility for shared interests.
In our culture, life is assumed to be purposeful, that is, we are expected to have goals in life. In the eventstructure metaphor, purposes are destinations and purposeful action is self-propelled motion towards a destination. A purposeful life is a journey. Goals in life are destinations on the journey. Choosing a means to achieve a goal is choosing a path to destination. Leisure Time on an Average Day”. Public and private in thought and practice : perspectives on a grand dichotomy.