Humans have a long way to go on an evolutionary scale. On the perimeter, we seem to be doing well, enhanced with aesthetically pleasing physiques and facial features. On the inside, we’re still driven by the inner need to self-satisfy by way of power and/or self-gratification. The power to achieve definitive altruism can only be achieved by dismissing such vanities. At every turn, I am reminded that humans have an extraordinarily long way to go to master such attributes. Having said this, to suggest that humans have evolved is nothing but a misnomer.
Let’s start with the government and work out way down.
For as long as I’ve been following politics, I have never heard of a politician that genuinely worked for the people that elected him. Politicians have always been tied to their immediate priority that is their campaign donors and rearrange agendas in accordance to the desire of such donors. These motives are just one example why there will never be a “cease fire” (pun intended ) to the gun debate. Not only is the right to bear arms embedded in the US Constitution, but a NRA lobbyist will always creep their way into the envenomed hearts of long standing government officials. On a local scheme of things, Chicago maintains the paradigm of deception to its residents and their teachings have ascended all the way to federal officials and eventually spiraled. All because of a great need for capital…..and power. Where is the humanity?
It’s public knowledge that technology is working against us, not for us. What started out as an innovative way to keep in touch with family, turned into a data minefield just by harvesting “likes” and reactions. This was never instituted on MySpace, to my knowledge. Even if that was the case with MySpace, it remained as a discreet tactic. As a result, those who migrated to Facebook from MySpace didn’t see the harm in sharing updates and photos. Somehow along the way, users were persuaded to incorporate real information about them, such as their names and (gasp) phone numbers. I cannot entirely fault Facebook for its users willingness to give away such delicate information so easily, nor can I manage any sympathy in the event of a hack or cloned account. I do, however, place blame on Facebook for its deceptive practices with their “like button” implementation. Again, the need to gain power and capital is greatly represented all around the technology realm.
Then came the 2016 election, and the ultimate shock that ensued once Trump was elected. Understandably so. As the months went by, users became angrier and easily acquiesced with their echo chambers. As a result, more posts surfaced to announce strong beliefs of that individual, implying that if you don’t believe what they believe, unfollowing is highly recommended.
These type of announcements transcended to other ideas and beliefs of the individual as well, such as demands for partaking in their milestones and their joys. Their happiness. Their beliefs. But they rarely stop to consider the feelings of their audience, as they’re too self-indulged in their own banalities.
I often wonder what people mean when they say, “it’s okay to be selfish.” Is this sentiment meant with conditional attributes? For example, when I read Facebook updates such as “if pics of my joys bother you so much, please unfollow.” I am besmirched by such requests. Most of the time they are derived from people I hardly know at all, so to endure their insipid inquiries is of no use to me. Ergo, I will happily oblige to such requests. It’s what I consider to be negative energy that heightens my cortisol levels, and my hormones are already fucked up. I don’t need them perpetuated further by people who constantly demand my attention, for their own happiness and self-satisfaction.
Until humanity is advanced enough where we can incorporate all feelings and intellects for the greater good, I can’t be expected to participate just because that’s what society dictates.
Without going into great detail, I will use the sentiment “I feel better” as an example:
“I feel better” is a gateway to receiving unwanted invitations from various sources. There comes an obligation to respond. If you decline the invite even after the “I feel better” admission, there’s an underlying feeling of guilt for having to decline in the first place. Sometimes this offends people and the inner guilt of the invitee begins to go viral. I don’t expect the happy-go-lucky humans to understand this, because they are quick to judge and accuse me of “overthinking.”
Overthinking is a tiresome, unimaginative, and overused response used primarily as a defense mechanism. Here’s the truth: the “overthinkers” are the ones that are not correlated with the common banalities of social events, convention, and don’t get involved with the news of the day. For aforementioned reasons, this unique category of humans allow room for free thinking, and creative license for the mind. It’s no wonder abstract ideas are shunned so often, as they may propose a threat to the humans that live by power, capital, and self-gratification. Yes–how dare I think for myself.
(Sorrynotsorry? Let’s just omit the ridiculous internet vernacular and say I was never sorry in the first place.)
Humans need to focus and perfect true altruism. Until this feat is accomplished, only then can we profess we’ve ascended the evolutionary ladder, and less folk dishing out the “overthinking ” as a defense mechanism. Following celebrities and other notables on social media is not healthy, and neither is following the social political climate. These mediums are not healthy because those are echo chambers. Think for yourself, help the less fortunate, be abstract. Promote peace, not anger and greed.
Aspire to be human.