Societal problems I noticed

Eric (@eric0127) 8 years, 10 months ago

I have no idea what made me think of these things today, but I did and was curious what the people of HE thought.

One thing I noticed is that in todays society, intelligence is something that is mocked and frowned upon. I mean, think about back in school where being smart meant a person was a “nerd” and ostracized because of it. In TV today, how often do you see shows that focus on knowledge and intellectual people. Its rare, now a days everything is focused on the idiots of our society. I know that I personally lied about grades and even marked wrong answers on tests when I was younger because I didnt want to be made fun of for doing well. How fucked up is that?

Another think I noticed is that originality is frowned upon. So many times I see people mocked and ridiculed for trying something knew and being different. I guess this relates back to the intelligence thing because smart people are out of the ordinary. One place I see this is with style. It seems that whenever I go to a party or a bar, everyone, especially guys, are wearing the same thing. The main thing that sparked this thought though was thinking about homosexuality and why it has such a negative connotation. I know that some of it can be put on religion, but I think that, living in a less religious society, it is because gay people are different that the majority.

Anyone else’s thoughts

January 31, 2013 at 11:15 pm
Robert (21) (@iamconscious) 8 years, 10 months ago ago

I think it could be a scheme played by the powers that be. Most people you see are trying to fit in. The mass media is what teaches us what is “cool” or what is “normal”, and because people naturally seek social validation they will jump on the mainstream wagon. Intelligent people take their freedom. I now want to write a post about this thanks.

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Eric (59) (@eric0127) 8 years, 10 months ago ago

@iamconscious, No problem. What you mentioned is what Im getting at. Originality is dead. People try to emulate what they see on TV and what they are told is “cool” or “in.” Which to me makes no sense. Personally, I try to be as different as possible and do/wear things that no one else has. I just hate the idea of being like another person.

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Robert (21) (@iamconscious) 8 years, 10 months ago ago

@eric0127, I wonder how it would be if everyone was their true self. But then who would you be. I ask myself that question. I always like to rebel and I too like to be different and I genuinely likr different things than what most people seem to be into. In very counter culture. The question is who would I be without my oppositions.

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Eric (59) (@eric0127) 8 years, 10 months ago ago

@iamconscious, I tried the whole, doing what society deems normal thing and hated it. Not that Im some crazy person, but I just hate being told how to act and what/what not to do /say. If someone doesnt like what im doing/wearing then thats their problem, not mine. Im having fun and enjoying my life

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Irina (21) (@psyhe) 8 years, 10 months ago ago

@eric0127, Oooh, one of my favourite topics. I think about it a lot of the time, mostly because I am trying to find solutions and the best approaches; going to college and living among such people…

But I guess your question was not ”why are people like this” (becaus the answer would be: mostly because of the media), but ”why is the media promoting crap”… well… What group is easier to control; openminded people that follow their own passions and beleifs, that question authority and everything that is wrong, that know that the power is theirs… ? or sheep-like, not-questioning-anything people, gullible people, trapped in convention and burying their own personal individuality as deep as possible?
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Irina (21) (@psyhe) 8 years, 10 months ago ago

”Knowledge is power”. Ignorance is the lack of it. And why would you want to empower people…

Fun fact that I stumbled upon with my thoughts lately is this society’s true meaning of ”Be yourself!”… They tell you to be *yourself*, but in the meantime they tell you how to be, how to dress, how to act, what is cool and what is not. They make you believe you are this and that, to the point that you (…or *they*, teh sheep) believe it. So ”be yourself” is more like ”be this self we’ve created for you!” and don’t forget to be just that.

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hulklol (352) (@hulklol) 8 years, 10 months ago ago

@eric0127,

Well, media has a HUGE impact on how people think, but why it is so important to “fit” in our society?

Under my point of view, the human is a social & individual being. In today’s hyper-individualistic society we have a need to be accepted, because to be accepted is to fulfill try to fulfill that hole we don’t have.

Just my thoughts :)

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Anonymous (0) (@) 8 years, 10 months ago ago

@eric0127, Well that is one way to look at the world. Ever think maybe it is just the environment you are currently in the makes you perceive the world so negatively? If you believe intelligence and creativity are admirable traits, surround yourself with the intelligent and creative and aspire to be intelligent and creative. Be the change you see in the world.

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Eric (59) (@eric0127) 8 years, 10 months ago ago

@vskren, I wouldnt say I have a negative view of the world by any means. I think im pretty optimistic, and I do surround myself with intelligent people. Im just writing off of what Ive experienced growing up and observing people in general.

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