Today, if I proclaim that I have the answer to the meaning of life, that’s good for about five minutes of entertaining discussion and then the subject will change. Nobody expects to have an answer and “what difference would it make anyway?”
Thinking outside the box means questioning assumptions. One only gets really creative when conventional solutions don’t work. Then you have to question your assumptions. “What am I overlooking?”
Family and community breakdown, substance abuse, obsession with material wealth, preoccupation with all things instant, including cars, TV, video games and surfing the web - all are indicators of a change of values.