Like the individual, the less aware a culture is of its own proclivities to change, the more likely it seems that society or individual…
- achieves its aims
- isn’t suffering mass delusion of it’s own abilities to change
Non-self-conscious social change is the gold standard of societal growth. People who too often talk about things they are going to do tend to not only never do them, but also tend to be way out of their depths to begin with. This isn’t to say that the deep desire for change isn’t one that should not spark a desperate yearning for it. It’s just to say that for those of us who have experienced change on an individual level know that it is a gentle, almost effortless process (when the time is right).
There is also a difference to be made here when it comes to the concept of growth. Growth is not change in this instance. Growth can be thought of as going from point A1 to point A2. Change on the other hand, is moving from point A1 to point 5Q. Individuals who want to be a completely different person from who they were (perhaps from drug addiction or from an abusive upbringing) can tell you that the process of absolute personal change is impossible. It is possible to grow but that individual still holds the imprint of their trauma (and for good reason).
Societal change happens over generations, unlike the individual who has one lifetime to change. If you’ve noticed an acceleration of headlines that promote ideas akin to 2 + 2 = 5, well congrats on waking up – the hour is late. An enlightened society, living not in delusions of itself would stop itself from pushing any political propaganda onto toddlers but alas, the call for fundamental societal change is an “absolute good” (says the person with zero personal self interest).
Montgomery County Elementary School, “They’re not too young to talk about race.”
Are you done punching your monitor?
Societal change that is born out of commonality is the type of change we have enjoyed for many years. It doesn’t make too big a sound either. Like the man busy at work on his own life, high change (growth) happens without him needing to boast about it. A common point of exception is made around the topic of desegregation which were fought in the courts and on the streets quite loudly. But societal change had been building for years with the only hold-out being the official governmental law-changes that stood in its way of a just and total victory. We are pointed to groups like the KKK as a way of debating this point, that the existance of such a group stands in the way of an entire society existing outside of their evils. As the left loves to repeat ad infinitum “Not all (insert group here)”!
“In Jacksonville, the streetcar company delated enforcing the segregated seating law of 1901 until 1905. Georgia’s state law of 1891 segregating the races was ignored by the streetcar companies in Augusta until 1898, in Savannah until 1899, and in the latter city was not fully enforced until 1906. In Mobile, the streetcar company publicly refused to enforce the Jim Crow laws of 1902, until its streetcar conductors began to be arrested and fined for non- compliance with the law.” – Preferential Policies, Thomas Sowell
We all like to play the hero, so of course, those who pushed themselves to the front of the line and took these issues to court, or marched are deemed the change agents. They may have been the spark but the rocket fuel was already well established at that point.
Today we are faced with highly self-conscious societal change. We are so self conscious we have stepped into modern struggle sessions to repent for age-old slip-ups that would normally be forgive. The zero-sum game that we are engaged in that of a highly self-conscious society ready to tear itself limb from limb over “cultural appropriation”. I want to go back to a growing America, not a fundamentally changing one.