i am asking myself, after seeing a news item that said “Our discarded COVID19 masks are now harmful for the environment”, and while i see the point of this, i wonder, “What is the base guideline of how to define “important” in our society?” How do we gauge what is more important and less important? Doesn’t there have to be some sort of guideline we can use to sort things…..
What guideline or benchmark do we use to work out the thorny issues?
Are we as humans, important in the scheme of things, or is the environment important, and we are just collateral damage? (Then i see so many folks calling humanity the “scourge of the earth”….. and honestly, it seems all common sense has been lost!)
With so many traditional values being discarded, did the baby get thrown out with the bathwater?
Seems our human society is awash in a pool of “no-definition-allowed soup”. And we point the finger at countries that have strong definitions….
Society is not defined by “i have my definition of important and you have yours, and no one is allowed to step on anyone elses “definition” toes”.
Our INNER definition of individuality can have that self-centered set of priorities and worth, in considering these types of issues, but what happens when society becomes controlled/manipulated by each individuals priorities? Isn’t it anarchy?
In fact, society should not be primarily about rights.
Society should be about “we have worked out a set of guidelines or rules, and we agree that this set of rules are the best ones we can come up with for the greatest good of the society. ” (and isn’t our concept of democracy, that it is the people in that society that can vote on what those rules are???)
Here is a definition – “‘A society is a group of individuals involved in persistent social interaction, or a large social group sharing the same spatial or social territory, typically subject to the same political authority and dominant cultural expectations. Societies are characterized by patterns of relationships (social relations) between individuals who share a distinctive culture and institutions; a given society may be described as the sum total of such relationships among its constituent of members. In the social sciences, a larger society often exhibits stratification or dominance patterns in subgroups. ” (you can see the numerous trouble point this type of definition has these days, right?)
So, if the society is governed by individual rights and priorities, we do not have society, we have dysfunctional orgy bouncing up and down in self-gratification. It seems this is what we are headed for… truly….
Now, the problem with a set of societal guidelines, is that all the folks who don’t fit into that set of guidelines become alienated……. i get that too…… it isn’t an easy solution…. but what are the options? People rioting and normal life being disrupted?
So my next question is, “what are we as individuals expecting to get from our individual uniqueness being mixed up with society rules?
In this time of hyper-individuality, what do we expect to get from “everyone has to accept me for who I am”?
And here is a REAL thorny question…… “Are those who receive acceptance for “who i am”, living full harmonious lives?”
In fact, is living a full and harmonious life even high on the priority list of that which is important?
Are we satisfied when we obtain or attain acceptance????? 🙁 (honestly, it seems not!)
It seems that generally, humans who have everything they thought they wanted, find out that what their true problem is not in the obtaining of the things they are lacking….. their true problem is that they are not satisfied inside, and no matter what they buy or attain, that dis-satisfaction never goes away…… (It truly is just that simple!!)
So, in short, isn’t our search for individual rights and acceptance misdirected?
We all intuitively know, that we will never find peace from things outside us (including being accepted by others), yet we are willing to tear society apart in order to get that acceptance……..
Just a bit of a messed up catch 22 don’t you think?
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Excellent! These are exactly things I’ve been wondering about, trying to sort out in my mind (and in my journal). I’m printing this out to re-read and think about 🙂