A new trinity set against mankind

Towards the end of this year we’ve been hearing about controversy surrounding safe spaces, and the way they’ve apparently been used to damage free speech by placing the hurt feelings of college students above freedom of expression. And I’m sure we’re all familiar with a meme that was recently spread around the internet that basically said today’s college kids were wimps compared to young men who fought in World War II. I watched a video from Thomas LeRoy titled ‘Millennials and Victim Mentality‘, where he talks about victim mentality in today’s college students, and the fall of academia in America, all before asking “what’s become of humankind?”. It was an interesting question, and I think there may be a trinity of factors at work.

The first of these is technology. As we have advanced as a species, we have have progressed technologically to the point that machines make our lives a lot easier than they were before, for the most part anyway. We’ve also invented ways to communicate with each other more easily. However, we’ve also becoming too attached to technology, we’re replacing humanity with artificial life (just look at the rise of sex robots if you want to know just how close we are to that point), and we are almost at a point where are not the masters of technology that we might think we are. And despite that we as a species look forward and never back when it comes to technology, I don’t think most of us will be foresighted enough to see the consequences coming before it’s too late. Then, in conjunction with that, through social media technology we have increasingly become more connected, but we’re also wantonly open to attachment to those connections and to people even when they simply come and go. We’ve derived too much satisfaction from approval of peers and now we want more, and it’s hard to fight and let go of completely. The only way to be truly unaffected is to live in total isolation from your fellow man, and for almost everyone on the planet this is impossible for practical reasons. Our connectivity has become too useful. Like with technology in general, it never occurs to us that social media is just a tool for our own ends, not the end itself. Technology is a tool for our benefit, but we don’t realize this, we lose most of our consciousness and become tools ourselves. And then, there’s the fact that we have become soft and sensitive. It’s often said that we’re increasingly desensitized in our day and age, but in my mind that’s more to do with us being desensitized to things we don’t see as real. In the real world, however, we can be pretty sensitive and soft. We allow political correctness to creep in at the expense of liberty, and we’d rather ban people saying offensive things than just tell people who say them to go fuck themselves. We see it recently with Facebook deleting posts by Donald Trump’s supporters, but not Trump himself, and with universities banning certain individuals from speaking at their campuses. We only hear what we want to hear, because we’re too soft and sensitive and we freak out when someone says something we don’t like, and the world around us is directly facilitating this over-sensitivity. Even though we can just block people who say things we don’t like, we’d rather social media get rid of everything we find offensive. It’s fine to be offended, even to feel disgusted with someone’s views if you find them egregious enough (and usually that’s the views of Donald Trump or ISIL), but not to use that disgust as a justification to silence the intelligence or free expression of human beings.

And I’ll tell you something else that may or may not be incidental: we often talk really hardcore and seem big and tough over the internet, but we’re often not like that outside of that. I remember this was observed by one of my lecturers at university when we were called up about that horrible argument we had over character design that ended up getting nastier before spilling into the real world.

The trinity set against mankind is thus: technology, connectivity, and security. We always look forward with technology, never back, and we do so at the expense of our identity as a species, we give ourselves to the connectivity offered by social media, because we derive too much satisfaction from it, and we want a world that’s too safe, too closed, and too insular. We are facilitating the transformation of humanity from the tough, resilient, dominant species into a waste of a species.

And honestly, I don’t know if our course as a species is going to change from that direction. Because we always look forward, and never stop to reflect, even though we have the choice and capability. So long as our world moves too fast for us, this may yet be the fate of humanity, set by humanity itself.

Moving forward as phone zombies.

 

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8 responses to “A new trinity set against mankind

  1. I disagree with you because you lump humanity into a homogeneous group.

    There are the weak and the strong. Only the weak depend on “safe spaces” and forced tolerance etc. If they are so easily offended and love playing the victim, then what are they going to do when things start to get really offensive? They are college kids, so what do they know? They’ll fold because they can’t deal with it, not because they had safe spaces and political correctness, but because they are inherently weak.

    Their weakness is being pandered to by politicians and priests for their own political and religious purposes, and the strong will never take advantage of what the priests and politicians are offering because they don’t need it. What man can imagine taking refuge in a “safe space”? That is unthinkable. It’s hard to imagine how much of a total pussy a man(!) had to be to need this kind of refuge from the real world.

    It’s the weak that try and cover up their weakness by acting tough. They delude themselves into thinking they are brave. The strong will always survive and thrive. In my opinion we will be here until this planet can no longer physically support life.

    • I guess you’re right. But I think you can agree that there are certain factors affecting our species, or set to affect the species in a significant way that will lead to most of the species becoming this weak. At any rate, I doubt a lot of people are that strong.

      And like LeRoy said: if those college kids are our future, our future is fucked.

      • I don’t hang around college kids. All I have seen are vids that show them acting like idiots. But I think that is deceptive. No one videos the normal things, just the stupid things. Watch that enough times and the stupid seems normal. To me that is the key to the deception, and that also brings on confirmation bias.

        I agree there are factors affecting humanity. There are always new factors coming along. We adapt and overcome because that is what we do. We have a survival instinct that ensures this. College kids are no exception.

        You expressed your points well. I understood you. With you it’s college kids. With me, it was blacks. Confirmation bias is not easy to overcome.

      • About racism? You can ask about anything.
        No one is born perfect. We all learn. Everyone has issues to deal with. That was just one of mine. Ir’s either deal with it or live with it.

  2. I think there are a lot of factors involved, and technology acts a s a kind of echo chamber. You just have to see the way that “social justice warriors” dog pile on “offensive” posts in places like twitter. Information technology has dissolved spatial boundaries so that people can communicate over large distrances and form virtual groupings, but while it disinhibits parts of communication (thus “flame wars” used to be easy to spark off on message boards), it impoverishes it emotionally in the way it removes nuance. That primes it for a certain amount of defenisveness and misunderstanding, while also turning it into a personal weapon or combat at times (albeit it’s “just words”). What I think this has also eroded though is the appreciation of the freedom of personal space, where someone can have an opinion. Instead, everything becomes political for (quite large groups) of people, and nothing can simply be individual, personal and in that sense relatively free. I think it is really our infantilism in the face of the echo chamber.

    What I find a lot more insidious is the increasing influence (over probably 30 years or so) of what are collectivist, authoritarian ideologies into academia, “research” and policy making. I think it is this that has really brought on the culture of “no offense”, “safe spaces”, “trigger warning” and bannings, in which all manner of “rebel” or “minority” (even when they aren’t minorities) activists call on a paternalistic authority to sort it all out for them; not as a request to daddy, but as a demand which holds said authority responsible (because “we” of course can’t be expected to have responsibility for our own minds, feelings and bodies). As far as I can see, this is what has been driven by ideologies such as post-modernism, radical feminism, and probably queer theory for that matter. They are all ideologies which present good intentions (even when they are utterly incoherent), and can hijack good intentions, especially among the young, or the needy, but they provide a poor assessment of reality, and exploit delusion and need to further their own authority (not that I’m suggesting this is entirely conscious – people actually believe this stuff, including those who teahc and develop it). They are all, also ideologies which have proven amenable to being sold to academia etc. But they end up shaping not just student union policies, but law and policy, 10 to 20 years down the line.

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