The topic this time: progressivism.
It would seem that as the world develops quickly technologically on a sociological level things are much slower.
Most people are in the passenger seat of worldly progression. In fact we are pretty much forced to be. They enjoy their lives as best they can and when new things come along there is an ooh or and ahh and they either incorporate it or disregard it or pine for it. (I personally would like to own a tesla model S). There is a stream of new phones and Televisions and computers and cars so people think the world is progressing. I don’t believe in higher conspiracies, but there is a phenomenon of mass acceptance which no one really decides upon but perspectives become accepted as normal. I’d like to place blame on the culture or more the entertainment sector, but I know that entertainment isn’t intended to enlighten or control people. It is merely an escape from reality. What really shapes mass acceptance is the world itself. Some form of natural selection. People really are broken into life in this society. Once they learn to accept it, they begin to defend it. When the next generation comes along and tries to change things all they find is resistance or total disregard.
So should the world change? I think hypocritically, while people accept and sustain this culture many of them would agree ideologically the world should change. Then you get into the dissonance of how it should change and what would be defined as progress.
In the big picture. No one has really had any say in how the world works at all. We are born from a lineage of human beings that stretches back to before society even remotely resembled this highly interconnected world. As population grows, individual influence wanes, first just by sheer numbers drowning out each other’s voices, but also by the competitive nature of living in a world of scarcity which does more to discourage people from speaking up then it does to reinforce them in their strengths.
Lack of awareness is one thing, but spend enough time on this planet and eventually that lack of awareness seems more and more like voluntary ignorance or more harshly “closed mindedness.”
The greatest thing that could happen to this world is the erosion of mass ignorance. The spreading of more enlightened altruistic/empathetic perspectives. There are layers and layers of stereotypes and stigmas all over the place. Unfortunately in some cases they are sustained by real events, but it is only because people want to maintain their ignorant understanding of things which props them up. This seems natural to a degree, but irrational when people fail to consider that it inherently puts the other people down and forces them out of that feeling of acceptance. Individually people don’t think they are affecting things, but when they agree with each other and they maintain their perspectives it ripples out and creates societal pressures and opinions which people do run into all the time.
If you’re not allowed to feel accepted in life, the chances that you will fall astray would seem a lot higher.
So back to progress, in this cultural sense. What can be done?
People like to protest, people like to write books or websites or blogs, but these things lack penetration. Protests can make a perspective utterly detestable as it can be seen as a mild form aggression.
It’s futile and that’s the worst thing about it. Gets even more frustrating when you see people intentionally shrug off the notion of social change or even worse deliberately stand in its way.
That’s enough out of me for now. Just had to get my thoughts out. Life with schizophrenia is tough, all I want to find is some like minded people who are in a similar place that I am in life, but none can be found. The existence of things that upset/scare people are continuously brushed under the rug so they can carry on without regard.
It is so easy to wind up alone in this world. This site is great. It is really something, but it just makes me wish that there were higher levels of organization and accessibility for the downtrodden. Something to reel us back in from being outcast, to allow us to feel like belonging humans. It’s the ultimate platform of life, just to have social support.