Coming of Age…

Hello ­čÖé

Amongst all the things over which we do not have control over, one prominently stands out when we look at ourselves as humans, and that is that we constantly get older. More specifically, our bodies are, and we might fight as hard as we ever could, but it is still inevitable. Which is why it is often advised to stay a child inside, or at least keep a childish sense of marvel and curiosity, in order to keep the possibility of being happy about the little things. This draws another line between being an adult and being a child, bringing us to the existence of a biological difference and an emotional difference between the two extremes.

It would then be reasonable to assume that another difference would be a social one, since we become adults legally at a definite age, which is defined by the law of where we live. Once that happens, we are granted more rights, for example, voting, drinking alcohol, owning firearms, and watching pornography. Yet, there is nothing within our modern society that acknowledges that, no is there even proper education on it. It just so happens one day, and pouf! we’re adults.

What does being an adult even mean?? We suddenly have all these extra accountabilities, and are allowed to do more things, but is there really nothing more to it?? Perhaps we become adults when we realize that what we decide what we do with our lives. It is also possible that we may just never become adults, because we never fit within the mould of the serious adult. This shows again that there are so many things associated with being an adult, that an arbitrary age limit seems quite unreasonable, especially since we are not even shown what it is to be an adult, at least not within society.

Furthermore, what does it say about a society that its coming of age ritual consists of being granted some rights, without actually being prepared for them?? Are we even prepared for ourselves as adults?? We have lost a ritual which could ease the transition from limited child to fully responsible adult, and this lack even may have detrimental effects on the emotional aspect of being an adult, to name only one side. Becoming an adult really is a very intricate topic, and it seems unwise to let it simply happen within a society, without the people necessarily being ready for it. It shall have to be inquired into further!!

Until next time,

Luca

 

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The Danger of Memes…

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We all know the famous expression “Monkey see, Monkey do”, which is used when someone imitates another person, usually doing something stupid, thus the qualification of being a monkey. Yet this goes a little deeper than only a reference to our primate relatives, because one of the most efficient ways we learn to do anything, whether it’s how to be social, or any given task, is by copying someone else. Even when it comes to emotions, we can see them in others, which then allows us to recognize them within ourselves as well.

This is where the increasingly popular social phenomenon of memes comes in, because they are used to portray certain emotions in a way that makes it easy to recognize. Those memes are nothing more than certain images referring to known movie quotes, amongst others, which are then captioned to express whichever emotion one wants to express about a certain topic. Anyone can create and post them, and more and more are there chains of such pictures one can follow, going on for hours and hours, being as hypnotizing as fire.

The problem with expressing one’s emotions like that, or even using it to see other people’s emotions is that it does not remain within the virtual world, but impinges itself upon our brains, leading us to use those captions even while have a real life conversation with someone. The danger lies especially within the younger generations, who will be even more exposed to it than we are, and may use them as the main way to express how they feel about certain things, because those will be the emotional example they imitated. This is not to say that mimetic is a bad thing, but only that one has to be careful about what is copied.

This could also potentially make it so that it becomes harder and harder to not only gage the emotions of others in real life situation, but also ones own, and this would only increase as time goes, because just like ideas, memes are contagious, they like to jump from one brain to another. All of this would not be so bad, if the quality of emotions transferred within the memes was any good, but very often, they dumb down the message they are trying to transmit, which would perhaps lead to emotional numbness, lack of emotional awareness, and a widespread inability to communicate one’s true feelings.

In a world that is already lacking of emotional education and communication facilitation, the phenomenon of memes could have disastrous consequences for the future of our children, and even for the most disconnected individuals in our world. The danger of memes is real, and we must stand up against it, offering better examples for how to deal and recognize one’s emotions, not letting our youth be swallowed into the dumbed down spiral of internet memes. “Think about the children”!!

Until next time,

Luca

The Split…

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Today’s topic is nothing noticeable from the outside, but solely plays within our heads, and is only perceptible by ourselves. It is a change that occurs over time, and for various reasons and is usually good, but may lead to some sad outcomes at times, especially when it starts affecting the people close to you. I’m talking about a change of perception, of the way one sees the world and oneself within it. It is easy to look around and only see what is shown to us, in fact, most of us do that most of the time. That also usually remains the same for all, with some slight variations on what attracts certain people, based on interest, personal taste, and so on.

We all live our own lives the way we want, but what if something caused us to radically change the way we see the world?? What if you see your delicious BigMac not as a tasty burger, but as a cocktail of chemicals, mixed with a hint of meat filled with hormones, and the tears of the cows grown on the meat farms?? What if your favourite sporting event turns out to be a masquerade covering up the political actions (or inactions…) of our leaders?? What if you see the rot underlying in our system, but get shunned for pointing it out?? How are you supposed to fill the void between you and your close ones that has been created by your new perception??

There is only so much one can do before things turn ugly and fights break out, because no one likes to be told the way they see the world is wrong. And who would want that to happen with the people most dear to them?? Maybe the solution is to keep pushing it slightly, not bringing it up too often or too intensely, but that might be hard, since our perception is all-encompassing. Perhaps one should drop it completely, letting the void be, and stretch some rope ladders over where commonalities remain, for regardless of what we are led to believe, we are all the same. How so?? Simply because we are all consciousness. But do we really have the power to change anything as big as someone else’s perception, if we ourselves can never be sure of the truth we claim?? The best thing to do, it seems, would be to try and hope that one day, the world will wake up, so that together, we can work at finding the answers that matter, so we can harmonize the world, together.
Until next time,

Luca