Overall, on a global scale, modernity has created many difficulties in developing and developed worlds, in regards to economic development, politics and tradition. Many of the countries which are classified as developing have not been able to achieve a notable level of industrialization relative to the standard that is set by various developed nations across the globe. Furthermore, the standard of living in these countries is often relatively low by comparison (Mislan, 2012). A country which is still developing economically is often subjugated to many less human practices by the presiding government or the hardships which are accompanied by less developed areas and regions. This in turn places an especially prominent series of constraints on the people themselves. Furthermore, the individuals in these regions may feel isolated from the modern world or detached from the characteristics of the more developed areas of their own countries.
For example, Egypt gained its sovereignty by removing the British monarchy from the country in 1952. The 1971 development of Lake Nasser and the Aswan High Dam in turn changed the Nile River and as a result, the ecology and agriculture of the nation were affected. Modernity and the desire to rapidly accelerate the conditions within Egypt contributed largely to the limited resources, overpopulation and dependence upon the Nile River as an almost exclusive source of water and life for the residents, which in turn, contributed heavily to societal dysfunction and stress. As a result of the demands which were brought upon the rapid growth in population, a large amount of investment was required in areas such as rebuilding the infrastructure and developing more modern forms of communication, both of which became a struggle for the government and the citizens of the nation were left to handle the effects of the unstable economic practices, the higher rates of population and the general trends of over-development attempts. As a result, through this example, modernity can be a negative when introduced poorly to countries which might not be developed to handle the capacities for various reforms or integration of new technologies.
- CIA World Factbook (2012). Egypt. Retrieved from:
- Mislan, D. (2012). Cross-cultural perspectives. San Diego, CA: Bridgepoint Education, Inc.