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Teach us, Sir Julius!

15 May 2012, 12:02

Loosely defined, “society” is an ever-evolving combination of traditions, values, ideas, politics, and other factors like statistics and events. The soccer world-cup, for example, was an event that affected our society. Statistics like the latest unemployment figures can have an effect on behavior on a mass scale, thereby causing a shift in what we know as “society”.

So what are we if we aren’t products of what our society dictates? And what is society if not the collective reflection of what WE dictate? Well, we are puppets of the major players in our society; and this is the reason we get stuck in these ruts so easily.

“THESE ruts?” you ask? Well yes… the ones that you move around within daily without even realizing it. The ones that make you think like a clone of a clown.

I have to laugh at the way people just post things of no logical value on Facebook. If I’m looking for a reason to be proud of my school results then I look at the super intelligent posts that are posted on my highly educated friends’ timelines. And to top that, they have around ten “likes” from more highly intelligent friends.

Just an example: “Your pets need hugs just like you”. Think of that for a moment. I contest that my pet snake has absolutely no need for a hug! My aunt’s budgie could do with a bit more food at times; maybe a bit of space, but a hug? Let us go to the neighbor’s cat…. Does it need a hug? Well I suspect that a cat plays with its owner more than the other way around.

The rut you therefore find yourself in… is one that lets you think that something is good if it has certain “catch” words in it. Often such wording is posted on a beautiful background of flowers, a sunset, a puppy or the like, and this just emphasizes the need to “like” it: just a simple example of brainwashing in action.

I had a good friend back in high-school that used to apologize for everything. He would say something and if I didn’t agree with him he would apologize. This influenced me for a long time… he was such a good friend because he was always more worried about my feelings than his own wishes, and he became popular amongst our group just for this reason. But did he ever get his own way? Were his ideas ever a priority when planning things? Did he grow up to be assertive type; confident to run with his own ideas, or did he become a follower; someone who got stepped upon when the more assertive people of this world walked over him?

Our population is in a rut in this country. We follow a formula that has pushed us to apologizing for things we have no control over. Whatever the more assertive politician says is accepted by the mass of victory-driven pawns under their control, and we have already seen that it takes very little to brainwash people… even educated ones.

And so we sit back… we hear of problems approaching but we are too busy apologizing for not agreeing with things, that we forget we have a responsibility to ourselves and our families. We forget that we are as equal as the other equal people in our country (to refer to George Orwell’s terminology again). We forget about the things we have learnt from our school-days.

Sir Julius (yes he visits us again from a previous article) is a man that learnt from his school-days. Actually he didn’t have that many school days, but nonetheless… he learnt something there... Not much actually, but there was something that remained… He knows ‘til today how to be militant about what he believes in. To be assertive in pushing the limits while demanding what he wants, misguided as his demands may be.

Our pets need hugs? No. Our children need hugs… and the best hug we can give them comes from a position of strength, when we know that the comfort of the hug is not false bravery.

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