monster in our society
What “monster” do you think plagues in our society? Do you think we deserve it or someohow created it?
I think one would be consumerism. We’re constantly trying to buy more and more and have the latest things with the money we don’t have. We’re wrapped up in materialistic desires. what are your thoughts?
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One of societies monsters is us. Not because we’re terrible people or because we are doing something terrible, but because we are letting ourselves fall into this unenlightened state of mind that is being forced upon us with new technology in electronics, food (GMO foods and the messed up food pyramid). We are not thinking for ourselves because it is easier to go with new technology. We are societies monsters. Society itself is a monster.
Every time a baby panda is born or a panda does something adorable, all the news channels report incessantly on it, taking air time away from the REAL issues of today–the issues we SHOULD be focusing on, like world peace and shit. I think we should do our society a favor and just get rid of the last few pandas left on Earth. How hard could it be? Aren’t there only like 8 left?
I think the ‘monster’ is that we view ourselves as separate entities isolated from our environment and each other. That is the root of where all the other symptoms (greed, materialism, hate, abuse, etc.) come from. Only now are we beginning to understand and realize how interconnected and interdependent we are with the universe. I wouldnt call it ‘bad’, because without all of it, we wouldnt be here right now to participate in the evolution of consciousness.
Fight the cause, not the symptoms.
Insecurity, hypocrisy, and opportunism. Insecurity plagues people of every subdivision you can think of, hypocrisy says other people’s problems are not your problem (until you yourself need help), and opportunism lets some people take advantage of others’ problems with no intention to solve them because that would end their profit.
@flightfacilities, I agree with you to a point, but not everyone blames there issues on others although that may be a small percentage. Also, there is nothing wrong with being selfish in a healthy matter. Once you realize that we are all one, being selfish makes more sense. But there is an unhealthy selfishness in that matter as well like you state.
The concept of fame. All societies have heroes, and they fill a much needed role in that society. But it feels like in today’s culture that this is now something we could do without. In that past, people had to be brave and daring to become heroes. I guess people still have to be brave and daring in our world, but the things they do seem so much less inspiring. Rather than cheer for an underdog or root for those who do what we could only dream of, we feel content to laugh and hoot at fools and idiots that have become famous for infamy. Or to put it into more grounded terms, Charles Lindbergh was a hero, but Snooki is not.
In a way, I actually feel at an impasse here. On the one hand, I don’t see how being able to play a guitar or act in a movie should make you millions of dollars per session regardless of the talent they may or may not possess. On the other hand, if people are willing to spend billions of dollar on the entertainment industry, a good chuck of it should go to the people who actually made people want to spend that money. But even with that, sources like the internet do seem to be lowering our standards. And I’m not sure how to solve it.
I think it is definitely greed. But not for money necessarily. For power. Having money gives one power, so it can look like people are hungry for money when really they are starving for power. Power over other people in most instances. I think this is due to a combined sense of powerlessness in society. We feel as though we are powerless to the bad things that happen to us, and that leads us to desperately seek power in any way possible. (By “us” I mean the collective people, all of us combined, past and present.)
It’s the need for power and the fear of losing it.