“As soon as he has spoken with éclat, he is a committed person watched by the sympathy or the hatred of hundreds, who’s affectations must now enter into his account.”
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson
I recently stumbled upon an article on the internet detailing the ‘canceling‘ of a certain TikTok star due to some comments she made towards her chef. The advent of ‘cancel culture’, at least the widespread nature of it in the current media, is a direct result of the development and proliferation of the internet social media. It is something that I think is highly toxic and frankly quite dangerous.
Continue reading The Social Dilemma
“We are all fascinated and overawed by statistical truths and large numbers and are daily apprised of the nullity and futility of individual personality, since it is not represented and personified by any mass organization.”
~ Carl Jung
The scientific revolution and subsequent technological advances over the last 500 or so years, but particularly in the last 150 years, has given the human race a historically unprecedented level of power and control over circumstances. The age of enlightenment, in succession to such a scientific revolution, gave birth to a new epoch of intellectual exploration, cultivation of ideas and political transformation. We have science to thank for our higher-than-ever life expectancies and infant survival rates, for our planes, our iPhones, and our medical institutions. But at what cost?
Continue reading The Age of Enlightenment
“Life is what happens to you when you are busy making other plans.”
~ John Lennon
It seems to me that our modern culture values quantity over quality. We are over-concerned with how much we can get done or obtain in the shortest space of time; there is a latent joy in slowing down, being present and appreciating each passing moment.
Continue reading The Art of Slowing Down
“A group is extraordinarily credulous and open to influence, it has no critical faculty.”
~ Sigmund Freud
One must be conscious of the contagious effect of the crowd: it influences our decision-making processes, our beliefs, and our daily lives in ways that go criminally unnoticed in modern day society. One must also acknowledge that while the individual experience is foremost and invaluable, one exists in a space and time that must be taken into account. Humans are essentially social beings: total retreat and abstinence from the crowd is not only impossible but detrimental. A balance must be struck, one that facilitates individual growth whilst reaping the benefits of community membership and the pleasures of conversation. From time to time, it is useful to retreat into solitude, using such a space to re-calibrate yourself and reflect on your current state of being. Eventually, however, one must inevitably return to the world, and take one’s place within it.
Continue reading The Contagion of the Crowd