Do we learn from the past?
Or are we resistant to looking at our mistakes, and figuring out how to be better?
There are times I think that both as individuals and as a society, we continually make the same errors in judgement. We might change the particulars, but the essence of the problem remains the same…
For example, we preach on how we should accept all. Yet, we still have problems with people and we still find groups to marginalize.
We still find reasons to “hate” based on appearances. To be fair, society still has a problem with attractiveness, or lack there of. We might scream body and face acceptance, yet kids still get bullied for being too thin or too fat: too short or too tall. Plastic surgery, fad diets…these things haven’t gone anywhere. In fact, people in their twenties are getting plastic surgery. Why? Because we are still judged on looks.
We don’t need magazines or ads to make us feel inferior: we have pinterest and instagram and a host of other social media platforms…we can feel bad about our imperfect looks 24/7/365…
Has our society become less judgemental?
Do we want to?
We openly mock people of opposing political parties.
We mock those who aren’t as enlightened as we pretend to be.
We mock those who live in cities, or suburbs, or rural communities.
We mock those who pray, or those who don’t pray.
We mock those who have a different socioeconomic class than us…
We pigeon hole into a once size fits all, forget that we all have individual quirks and traits
We are still looking down on people.
Is this the only way we can feel better about ourselves?
Do we actually want to be “better”?
Or do we just want things the way that we want them?
Are we any better than the Puritans that put that scarlet letter on Hester? Do we still want to burn people at the stake? Is it only our targets that have changed?
I find it funny when someone reads something like Pride and Prejudice and wonder how people conformed to societal standards, when we continue to have social standards…the particulars have just changed.
You must go to college.
You must cancel this person.
You shouldn’t eat that.
You should do things “this” way.
Do you think as humans we are any more enlightened than years past? Or do you think we haven’t learned a thing from history?
Do you think people want to grow and change?