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Posted by: WOYM | on January 15, 2018
Societal definitions of success are not those written in dictionaries, but rather those defined by who we idolise. I say this because I believe it is a root cause of many of the obvious social problems we face today. Depending on the socially constructed prototype of who we deem successful, we begin to revere those that embody what we believe is success.
A quick scan of today’s scene and we see a common theme pop-up. There are a large number of us that can forget about most of the other aspects that make up an individual, if they have a powerful status or possess riches. It is understandable that as people, we desire these things for ourselves, so we value them and view them as desirable.
1. Social Conscience
Seeing these things as the goal of success or as defining success, is where the problem lies. People in these positions will bow to the wave of public opinion and the values we as a public are looking for these people to possess. Hence, if we accept that our favourite products can be made at the hands of child labourers as long as the price is right, then companies will do just that.
If as a society these actions are denounced, we not only regain our conscience but also influence processes through our ideals. Companies will no longer look to take shortcuts to provide the price that is most profitable, instead they will consider the backlash of their clientele.
2. Nurture ongoing success
Wealth, fame and power should not be defining of success. These are instead mere tools to build an environment that can nurture ongoing success. It is also troubling that success is defined in such an absolute, arbitrary manner. Success is not an attainable target, but rather the ongoing achievement of set targets. Indeed success is not achievable, if it was we would be perfect creatures but we are fallible as human beings.
3. Make virtue the goal
The type of success I ask to be at the forefront of our minds, is that which reminds us of being virtuous to one another. A success that spreads the positive aspect of humanity from one heart to the next. Indeed a success that leads to the improvement of people’s circumstances, not just their egos or desires.
Let us redefine success, in order to redefine what we view as important. Thereafter, we may be able to deal with the symptoms that are a consequence of this collective mentality.
Posted by: WOYM | on December 7, 2017
Your Wise Old Young Man here, Rashid Elhawli. I’m here to start a video series about social commentary and commentating on what’s happening in our surrounds, whether it be immediate or globally. This is just a personal thing because I naturally do it anyway, so I thought why not share it with others.
To start off, I really couldn’t think of anything better than Milo Yiannopoulos coming to Australia. I don’t want to specifically talk about him, but what I do want to talk about is how we can counter noxious, obnoxious jerks like him.
I think when it comes to people like that, we need to hold our nerve, first of all. Because one thing that they’re very good at doing is welling up emotion and outrage in most of us. I think that’s where they catch most people by surprise, with the outrage factor. Even if you look at the news channels, you find most of the journos actually caught by surprise or taken by surprise by the amount of outrageous or provocative comments and rhetoric that he comes with. But rather, you need to hold your nerve and make sure that they’re backpedaling from the start.
One way to do that is to undermine some of what they supposedly stand for. It’s always a good way to get them on the back foot. Then once they’re on the back foot, you need to capitalize and keep moving forward with that. One thing you can always do, or you should do, is to do your homework beforehand. These people normally have their buzzwordy topics that they like to talk about, and pretty much that’s their claim to fame. You need to be able to overcome all of that and then have your own counters and rebuttals for their most famous and common arguments.
Furthermore, there’s trying to infiltrate into their own followership. You need to undermine them as a person and show a dishonest, disloyal side to them. I think that’s why a lot of young people in particular get caught out with people like Milo, because they really get caught into the emotional side of things, whereas it’s really a game of strategy.
Hopefully, people can heed this call and start being a bit more wise. Yeah, I’ll put it that way, a bit more wise in how they counter obnoxious, arrogant, loud people. It’s gone too far to sit back and say, “Stop giving him attention.” He’s already got 2.3 million followers on Facebook, and there are others like him of course but he seems to be the loudest at the moment. But one thing about the loudest drum is that it’s normally the emptiest one. With that, I bid you goodbye, and hopefully we see each other again soon. Take care.