I know a sense of what the headline says, to be true. For I encountered a road, a slide – to a place, I did not like. The simple and most common descent. The slide from youth to cynicism.
For my record – I wanted to put down a couple of ideas that have occurred – from self-reflection – hopefully articulate.
When we are young. We don’t want to be like old people. Become the people they are. What old represents.
We want to follow, fulfil – the bloom that our youth, that we felt in youth, that we grew up with -meant.
We want to stay – the there – where we were in our minds – when younger – that said automatically: yes – to things. That saw things purely at face value.
Growth Has To Be Made
Unless that attitude of mind – the youthful want – is fostered and supported, it goes.
It can’t stay – as the teenage naive – forever. It must grow, to learn. But its core, the happiness in itself for itself, the easy appreciation of the world. The forgiveness, and charity of mind – that can endure. With decision.
It can be subsumed – by two things.
The first – the Popular Objective – which if accepted dazzles the spirit – coarsens and callouses the emotions.
And the second – which is a state of mind, quite common – the Paralysed Subjective.
The Popular Objective
The Popular Objective is the popular, thoughtless. The Popular Objective promotes instant gratification. The Popular Objective stigmatises anything that does not conform to a very narrow band of already-decided-fact.
The Popular Objective dominates mass-market entertainment. It can be found predominantly on the TV, movie, and games screen – but also via the sounds of popular music and the headlines of mass-market journalism.
A stand-up comic, is the exemplar of the Popular Objective. Spouting words into cadence, necessarily flippant. The stand-up tells nothing to snag and conflict the mass-opinion. Don’t make them think – outside the accepted.
Laughs, the comic lives by – views the Popular Objective wants.
The new, the novel, the different. Actually, the old. But like washing powder: BIGGER, better, brighter – NEWER – faces, designs which can only recycle the tested.
The Popular Objective forever demands. There is no fundament to the Popular Objective.
The Popular Objective Simply Is
Individually, there is nothing wrong with the barrage that is the Popular Objective.
The Popular Objective can try. Telethons – it can donate its time.
Better to have good Popular Objective than have copyists with political agendas, or violent or sexual kinks to sell.
But if the Popular Objective is accepted as all – if it is a monopoly on a person – if there is no beacon of alternative natural intellect – it represents a blizzard – of fog – that can overwhelm anyone but especially – the ungrounded, the wounded-inside, the growing, the wanting-to-please – person.
“Do you measure up? Are you cool? The NOW is what matters – don’t be boring! (such a crime) You tried – you failed – personally I never bother trying – hahaha. Learning isn’t cool – Billy-no-mates is a weirdo possible pederast.”
The implication is solid. The inference a reinforcement from the pack. Stay away from the open-road, path – of the not-one-like-us.
In The World Where Unaffected People Live
People have space to grow – and that growth is in their point-of-view – mental growth. Breadth-of-view, it would better be described as.
‘In the kingdom of the insane, the sane are at odds,’ runs the thought.
The truth is more:
‘In the kingdom where popular has a megaphone – and the majority think what the popular shout is normal and correct – it can be problematic to think alternative thought valid’.
‘Don’t overthink – just go with the flow,’ said someone.
Current, is interesting. Should be questioned, before becoming joined, and embedded.
The Paralysed Subjective
The Paralysed Subjective is a default frame-of-mind. The Paralysed Subjective is defined more by what it excludes from thought, than what the frame-of-mind includes.
What it excludes is very simple, but very controversial.
The Paralysed Subjective can be found in people from all ends of the political spectrum. The Paralysed Subjective can adopt positions on societal issues. The Paralysed Subjective, like the Popular Objective favours the yes/no – school of debate.
The Paralysed Subjective has feelings ranging from distrust to dislike, to virtual hate for the entertainment offerings of the Popular Objective.
The Paralysed Subjective cannot accept, cannot process, that the entertainment side of the Popular Objective is merely catering – to the easiest to hit: the uninhibited mind.
This is because the Paralysed Subjective has lost – or hid – somehow put away – their memory of the time they had an uninhibited mind.
There is a tragic laugh to be gained from someone with the Paralysed Subjective mind, in its deepest state. They will maintain a central part of their belief: the rest of society has a closed mind.
Pity The Paralysed Subjective
A loved, happy child has an uninhibited mind. Someone with peace-of-mind has a virtually uninhibited mind. There are absolute benefits to possessing an uninhibited mind.
A person who develops and grows properly – can use their uninhibited mind to reflect on their self – fairly. They can be objective about themself. Take unkind circumstances into account, be fair.
A Paralysed Subjective does not have an uninhibited mind and will either be unfair on their self – or unfair on the outside world’s connivance – in their issues.
The judgement of someone affected by the Paralysed Subjective – of themselves, of others of – everything – will be coloured by their affected mind. Affected by the thing that has rid them of their uninhibited mind. Affected by the consequences of a closed and prejudiced view of the world. Like a snowball of consequence, the issues will compound. A Paralysed Subjective mind, lives at the centre of a most vicious and unforgiving circle.