I would like to thank onequestion for starting that thread. This thread was going to be a response to his/hers, but because of the length and the
specifics of the answer, I thought it would be best to start another conversation in a different forum. Feel free to add any responses not only to to
this thread, but to his also. Remember that this one is in Social Issues while his is in Metaphysics. Whatever the gist of your response is, try to
make sure it is in the appropriate forum please.
"I think we need to change the acceptance paradigm when it comes to stupid and immature behavior.
What say you?
I say the more intellectual among us need to make sure our own house is in order first, before we can hope to influence others into making a change.
Since I live in America, I'll use America as an example.
The majority of Americans are looking for different leadership. Leaders who actually want to help the common man and woman. The majority of Americans
don't like this rat race they're running. You can see it in their actions and you can see it in their eyes. They're running blind and they know it,
and they know it's because of the current leadership they have.
The intellectuals among us need to be successful as success is determined by our society. They need to be this way though by not bending to the
political and religious ideologies that are considered acceptable by society. They need to be their own people. They need to be an island of success
in the midst of the successful who are drowning, who are that way because their ships are sinking. Because they, as leaders, are failing those they
lead. These are the people, the one's who are being led, whom we see as intellectually challenged because, even though we are all smart in our own
way, following leaders who really don't care if you succeed or not is a pretty stupid thing to do.
Also, these people........don't call them stupid. Nothing good can come of that. Instead, be someone that when they look at you, they see success
that was acquired outside of the mainstream methods. This is the kind of influence that people need, and are looking for, these days, but it needs to
come in a way that blends well with the mainstream. Here's the main obstacle though, as I see it, in getting people to change their level of
acceptance as it pertains to whom they let be influential in the society in which they live:
What is the biggest difference between those who have a lot of money and those who don't? The timeline in which they live. Most people live paycheck
to paycheck. They may have a savings that will get them by for 3 months should something happen, but for the most part, they think of, and plan their
lives around, getting through the week and then the month. Then next month, they start it all over again. That's their timeline in which they live,
think and plan their lives. It's a very restrictive way to live, and the more money you start to acquire, the farther ahead you can plan things. You
don't have the luxury of time, you literally can't afford it, that would help you think of, plan out and actually physically do things in order to
change the system. This is why we say "A man has got to have his dreams". A dream is a plan that cannot be implemented.
The upper crust though.......they have this luxury. They live on a different timeline that affords them the opportunities to plan things out not only
for the future success of their coming generations, but to make sure that the current system stays in place to make it easier to retain their wealth.
While you're concerned about making next months car payment, they just bought 5 outright. They're making sure that the private schools that will
educate their children and grandchildren continue to be funded and continue to have curriculum that is vastly different from the public schools.
Curriculum that will ensure their families will stay educated in a way that regular peoples' children are not. Educated to stay ahead of the curve.
Educated to stay on top. Educated to think in the long term, not week to week or month to month.
Earlier I mentioned that this ship is sinking, and even those at the helm, the upper crust, know this to be true. It's a house of cards. They know
you can't have an empire without a base to hold it up. Their base is shrinking because people are wising up to their methods. This is one reason out
of many that so many corporations moved their operations overseas. They moved them to parts of the world where the working man and woman is less
educated than here in America. They have workers to keep their professional empires afloat who don't care about such things. They just want to feed
their families. They pose no threat. What the upper crust failed to realize though is that without those jobs, the workers here in America that they
abandoned can no longer afford to buy as much of what they make as they did when they were working for good wages. The upper crust may not have
thought that mattered, but it does. In time. You would think they would have known that, but they obviously didn't. Must not be in the curriculum.
I mention the economics of it because that is how Americans equate people with success and influence. If you have a lot of money, you're successful
and can buy influence. Intelligence has nothing to do with any of it. This is why I said that if anyone wants to instigate a change in the way our
society in America works and thinks, they have to be successful outside of the box. They have to be able to bring that out of the box thinking into
the mainstream, and the only way to currently do that is to act like you're enjoying the whole process. Play along. Bring people into your corner.
While doing that, push education. Push it hard and push it away from the conventional types. Learn what the best of the private schools teach, HOW
they teach it, and home-school yours in the same manner. In the back of your mind, remember that time trumps money because time is what determines who
has it and who doesn't.
Long term thinking. This is what's needed. Between the 30 minute sitcoms, 45 minute classes for 12 years, tweets, instagrams and paycheck to paycheck
living people are programmed to have a short attention span. This may or may not make people stupid, but it sure as hell will keep people on the lower
economic rungs. After a generation or two of radically different education for everyone all across the board, you WILL start to see a paradigm shift
of what is acceptable and what is not. You may also start to see a shift towards making the financial, political and religious aspects of life and
society less important, which would be a very good thing.
Until then, the rich will stay healthy and the sick will stay poor. So how do we stand a fighting chance?
Time. Patience. Education. Self-sacrifice for the sake of future generations until things are more level. When you don't have this gaping and yawning
difference between the haves and the have not's. Between the influential and the influenced. Between the smiled-upon and the frowned-upon. The
remembered and the forgotten.
Things didn't get this way in one generation. It will take more than one to turn it back around.
Questions? Comments? Concerns?