Saturday, July 16, 2011

America...What the Fucking Fuck

Yesterday, a friend and I had a mini-discussion centering around the state of society as a whole:

B.N.: This is an incredibly well thought-out (pro-Marijuana) essay that everyone should take a minute to read.
Me: I personally have never used Marijuana, but from what I've read, criminalizing it has proved to be a gross waste of resources and money.
B.N.: This is true. I know plenty of people who don't smoke but are in favor of legalizing. It just bothers me when someone advocates against it but can give no facts to support their position.
Me: People do that with a lot of things. Everyone likes to be on the side of moral superiority, but few are willing to put the time and thought in to be on the right side.
B.N.: Simply put, we have been brainwashed. We are, for the most part, a society that blindly obeys politicians and lawmakers. Their word is taken as God's because we've been programmed to believe there are no other options. We follow because it is easier and safer than leading. This all needs to change. We, as individuals, need to stand up, think for ourselves and force the hand on this issue.
Me: Agreed. There is so much we do wrong as a society. But public perception is stronger than research and scientific fact, not to mention the stranglehold a certain two thousand year old book has over everything.   

We're coming from slightly different areas, I think, in who we blame for the brainwashing and degradation of society, but the overriding theme is clear: there is something fundamentally wrong with us.  So wrong, in fact, that it's difficult to even know where to begin to approach the numerous problems.

I think B.N. hit it on the head though, when he highlighted the fact that many people simply do not think for themselves.  But that's an issue with an asterisk.  As human beings, we are limited in the knowledge we can simultaneously possess.  In short, sometimes it is impossible to think for ourselves, we must go to those with more specialized knowledge.  But that's a dangerous path to tread in today's society when everyone is in the pocket of someone else.  You can't trust anything that is responsible for providing people with information because there's always someone paying them to tailor and tweak that information.

The problem then becomes that we lack variance and skepticism.  So many of us stick to the media sources that already support our beliefs, Fox News, MSNBC, whatever.  There needs to be a variance in where we get our information because no source can be trusted to give us that variance on it's own.  And even then, if we do achieve a certain broadness, we need to be open to extending that broadness across time.  Things change, opinions are malleable, and we need to be open to periodically reassessing our beliefs.  We can't be stubborn, because stubbornness makes us archaic in a hurry.

All of this ties into ego.  We have a certain desire to be right, and a lot of us try to feed that desire at all costs.  It explains why more people don't approach things with a sort of skepticism or seek variance.  We want to be correct, and we want that to be the end of it.  People aren't appreciative enough of how much they truly do not know, and ultimately this hurts us because it forces us down paths that prove ineffective over time, or worse, negatively effective.  And then we breed and perpetuate that ineffectiveness, a whole other problem in itself.

I asked the following question on a bunch of social media sites to see what others thought.  The answers, along with my own in a random and anonymous order:

People. (twice)

What is wrong with our society cannot be summed up in one sentence.

Martin Scorsese is directing Hugo.

Not enough people think for themselves.

People are quick to judge.

Straight to DVD Disney movies.

People can become famous and make money by putting on an autotune and talking about killing people and snorting cocaine.

People do not take responsibility and then always blame someone else.

Intolerance.

Manufactured music/movies that have no substance.

The narrow-mindedness of the vast majority (mostly the older generations).



Welfare abuse, government interference, and most of all: REALITY TELEVISION.

I can do it in one word: entitlement.

Poor self-awareness.

People pick on each other too much.

Our society is centered around money; no matter how much we try not to let it, the almighty dollar affects our existence.

On the day of the Tsunami/Earthquakes/Nuclear Crisis in Japan, Katrina was also trending on twitter.

Children have parents like Casey Anthony.

The creation of Glee.

The dominance of capitalism.

People now proudly flaunt what used to bring shame.  

Pop culture today is a fucking joke. 

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