I’ve yet to write anything under my Macrocosms heading, I feel as if this is the toughest of the subjects I have chosen to tackle. It’s not that it’s difficult to write about, only that people are unnaturally unwilling to look at the world (or society) from any angle outside of their own personal filters and beliefs.
Writing and expressing my insight into this subject, from such a broad view, reads very cold and jaded. This is not a tone (or viewpoint) that the majority of society is willing to digest with an open mind.
Individuals suffer the brunt of society’s shortcomings; that is to say a society which struggles with peace and gravitates towards violence damages its own individuals with that tendency for violence. The Occupy movement is a perfect example of this; our current society embraces greed, and readily trades fairness and love for dollars and power. This has certainly changed society as a whole, but undeniably, it is the individual who suffers the brunt of this greed. It is the individual who lost his job and home, it is the individual who works for less while society profits more, it is the individual who suffers.
I make no excuses for the suffering of the individual; it is ignorant for any individual who acknowledges that he suffers from the shortcomings of society to publish this suffering as a call to justice – without also acknowledging that he himself is responsible for the creation and continuation of the society which causes his grief.
The rules and guidelines of any society are, by nature, determined by the upper-echelon of that society. This makes no reference to the fairness or rightness of those rules and guidelines, it creates a place to put our blame when those rules and guidelines do not protect the best interest of the society as a whole, but it certainly does not excuse the individual from his contribution to the product that his society’s rules and guidelines create.
This is a cycle that is only broken by personal strength and collective unity. My use of the term personal strength stems from the strength within an individual. The strength to acknowledge and accept that he is part of the problem, the strength to stray from society’s path of least resistance, and the strength to face the opposition that this stance will create. The majority of people you will encounter in your life are followers, they have never asked why, and dismiss any actions they may take towards overall progression at the simple thought of “What can one person do to change all this?”
One person can do nothing, but individuals, collectively sitting idle only unite to empower the very society which causes their individual suffering. Any individual who lacks the strength to stand alone in the face of great opposition has rendered himself useless in the areas of change and forward progression of society as a whole.
One unified group of strong individuals, who share a basic common goal, and stand for their personal values and morals at all costs is unstoppable. A group of this nature can never be without the individuals who make this group being willing to first stand alone.
The path to changing society begins with changing one’s self. The path to changing one’s self, begins with accepting the weakness within, and the consequences of that weakness. The action that makes change possible is the strength to stand for what is right – while all of society sits idle.