Why dont we all live up to our full potential? Why dont we all exploit our talents? Why dont we all be as creative as we can be? Why are we okay with working dead end jobs day in and day out? Discuss with me HE, why do you think we put up with it? What could we do to better it?
@justinc123, We need to just lead by example. Love, be happy, and fight for what is right when necessary. Spread the word on how to live a good life. If we all individually do our part to make the world a better place, a better world we shall have. Sounds cliche, but is 100% true.Thats how to defeat complacency. Oh, and getting of our fucking cell phones and the internet once in a while would help too.
Complacency can be a defense against conditions that you think can’t be changed – so that instead of showing the world that you are under troublesome circumstances you choose or you appear to love your circumstances instead. Try talking to a family man with a big mortgage about the troubles of capitalism. 99% of the times he will not understand a word you say, because he himself (through his mortgage and his family) is so deeply bound or even integrated into the capitalist system, that he is unable to even vaguely sense a possible reality outside this system to which he has sold his worldview – instead he’ll think that the status symbols like his mediocre house, car, wife and kids are the shit, are one in a million, when in fact they like most of the rest of us are a dime a dozen. Complacency is, or at least can be, the Ego-defense of the man who lost control over his own reality.
@justinc123, People do live up to their full potential, if you reduce yourself to mediocrity then you live up to that potential, if you commit yourself to personal discipline and compassionate behaviour then you live up to that potential, if you want to be a materialistic dick then you live up to that potential.
@justinc123, eh, it’s either because of fear or laziness or both i guess (at least for me)..and i’m sorry, i can’t give any ideas yet as to why most humans are complacent..i’m still in the process of fighting it myself (actually, I’ve been for years :/)..
@ethyrael, thanks for bringing up that comics..it deserves to be read and pondered upon :))
I hate being grouped into a category.
As far as I see it I may be a human being
But don’t associate me with the vast majority of complacent, non-thinking drones that I share oxygen with.
That comic made a whole lotta sense.
It seems that we are all zombies, in varying degrees. We use the internet and “check” Facebook. Some are slaves to their phones. We are so connected these days, yet not at all.
I believe complacency comes from a lack of being human. The definition of “being human” is changing drastically; we have these alternative internet personas, sometimes speaking mostly through text and not face-to-face. I think this is altering our brains, this new type of “communication.” I find that too much internet usage depresses me. As social as Facebook is, it leaves me feeling lonely, and I think that is because I am not interacting with someone as a human normally would.
I think people need to realize that there is more to life than checking Facebook and being absorbed in their phones. Every day there should be something new learned, and experienced. I find that spending time in nature cures me a little bit from this empty internet realm. A big challenge for this generation will be to stop getting so distracted and start doing things that are important/ accomplishing life goals. This extended moratorium due to lack of jobs after college isn’t helping the situation, either, but I digress.