Please stop the bickering. It’s not arguing or passionately defending your beliefs—it has now verged into nitpicking territory. Because this is what modern society has become. We’re just breaking down words or making inane attack comments online.
Because whichever side you choose to be on, left or right, conservative or liberal, both sides have their crazies and their fanatics and there’s nothing inherently wrong with that. But it now seems the camps are fighting just as much if not more within themselves than between them.
I’ve seen this on social media, or more often the regular broadcast media, where someone does not completely kowtow the exact right way someone likes they then get barraged with how they’re wrong. That is not proper debate or a proper way to help someone understand the error in what they are saying. That is being a thick bully.
If what you are saying is intelligent and follows a sensible line of thinking then go for it. If you can back up what you are saying then shoot. But please let us stop making ourselves hoarse by shouting over the other guy or gal speaking.
It seems that there is a new story out every other week about a fraternity (usually) or sorority making a big mistake. Whether it’s University of Oklahoma’s racist chant video or University of Florida’s blackface party members, it all shows a lack of progression that still has not been made in society overall.
There are, of course, fantastic organizations and socially aware demographics on every college campus. But when societies like this are allowed to exist or are shut down without proper explanation on ways to fix the behavior—it seems like a lost cause.
Racism is still alive and well and these instances only demonstrate that too keenly. When we turn a blind eye to behavior that dehumanizes a group or dredges up the worst of our past only to be revered, it allows for implicit racism to fester on. Sure, we might not be the one singing along or putting on that makeup, but if we act as bystanders we are only perpetuating the hate.
Of course the administration of these schools should know that too. It is their job to foster the growth of their student population and help prepare them for the real world. If we allow the implicit (and sometimes explicit) racism to go on that only pumps it into our adult and daily lives.
It is hard to change old ways and the old racism that permeates this country, but in universities and on campuses everywhere, it is possible to shape young minds and thoughts for the better.
Let me break this down slightly.
Welcome to high school, here’s your agenda and your social category. You’re definitely going to lose your agenda or at least ruin it in some capacity but your social category you will have for life. At least your high school life.
Because in high school you have your name and you have your place.
But here comes the hipster movement. It’s the movement that celebrates the bizarre and off-beat. It lauds the absurd. It highlights the unknown. It makes a lot of people wear fake glasses.
So now poor high school students around the United States have to navigate between two constraints. Do they conform and look like everyone else so they don’t risk scrutiny and possible alienation? Or do they join this popular movement and show off their quirky, less well-known hobbies and clothing?
It seems this generation is struggling (riding that struggle bus) far more than other generations. But why? Didn’t we solve all those pesky problems back in our grandparents’ days?
There are arguments for either side of that question, but now we’re struggling with something more internal. We’re struggling between our different identities and the hipster movement is a perfect encapsulation of that struggle.
We all want to fit in, we want to be accepted. But the hipster movement is all about standing out and doing your own thing. It’s been popularized and homogenized but at its core it is about true self-expression.
And because of the hipster movement, it seems the system of placing people in boxes and constraining them to their limiting positions is starting to crumble ever so slightly. People will always be stereotyped because that’s how the brain deals with the world around it. But now maybe we can loosen the edges of the boxes we, and the people around us, are so tightly packaged in.