It has just occurred to me the ridiculous amounts of conflicting messages society forces us to believe. Please post any you come up with as well as comments below.
How are we supposed to “hold on” but “let go”?
Why do we spend the first two years of our life learning to walk and talk, then the next 20 to shut up and sit down?
Why do we believe all rich people are corrupt and all poor people must be criminals?
Why do they tell us to be ourselves, when in reality, it is looked down upon?
Why are people so selfish as to stop change? ( I need a deep answer here..)
1. We “Hold on” to the past by remembering it, and we “let go” by moving on.
2. I blame the Industrial Revolution for this. The spread of mass production affected the education system (Implying you’re American) by turning it into a factory for young, loyal, workers. When students do something different, they’re punished with a literal punishment, bad grade, or ultimately a bad job. See where I’m going with this one?
3. Because of how rich people have so much money compared to the majority of the population. They aren’t corrupt, they’re just lucky. And most criminals end up poor, so that explains that.
4. They tell us to be ourselves so that we don’t feel bad about being different. The individual mind tells us to be ourselves, while society tells us all to be the same in order to keep order.
5. These people don’t understand the purpose of the change. They figure that everything is great as it is currently and doesn’t need to change, like the government or religious systems. They only see the disorder that comes with change, and logically fail when encountering a “slippery slope” (If x happens, then y will likely happen!).
I hope you’ve found this helpful.
@15234l I have a slightly different take. I think societies are by nature conservative. Going all the way back to tribal groups from hundreds of thousands of years ago: in order to function, most people in a group need to be obedient to authority, to participate in a harmonious way within the group, to contribute and play by the rules. There is room–even necessity–for a small percentage of unusual people in the group: explorers, mystics, shamanic healers, artists, visionaries, revolutionaries: people who don’t play by the rules but are needed to nudge the group forward philosophically. Also there are some who prefer to leave, who don’t feel at home in the group at all, and may go to another group or leave to become a hermit. All of these unusual people create friction and unrest and conflict, and often feel like square pegs trying to fit into round holes.
The issues that arise with those differences are magnified and institutionalized in our gigantic, industrial societies.
It will always be a challenge to be different, but consider yourself lucky! By not being satisfied with the system, you can participate in its evolution. It helps to find other progressive people (like many of the folks on HE, no doubt).
“I used to think I was the strangest person in the world but then I thought there are so many people in the world, there must be someone just like me who feels bizarre and flawed in the same ways I do. I would imagine her, and imagine that she must be out there thinking of me too. Well, I hope that if you are out there and read this and know that, yes, it’s true I’m here, and I’m just as strange as you.” -Frida Kahlo