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Humanity’s Forgotten Reflection
By S. A. Ward
Chapter Two – Shedding Insecurities
Insecurities are character armor flaws and overall weak points. Social media and the media in general go to unfathomable lengths to inflate people’s insecurities and social media especially actually cause people to develop new insecurities at a rampant speed, which corporations exploit relentlessly for financial means. Insecurities often arise in someone when they fail to obtain societal expectations and they are often curated to be unobtainable. Most popstars, rockstars, rappers, celebrities, etc. are algorithmic marketing ploys. Nothing more than a fabricated image to be sold like any other mass-produced goods, which are superficial in depth. One of the main insecurities people are burdened with is financial success. Success is a subjective ordeal, culturally calibrated like morality, and historically circumstantial to a societal time period. It is not stagnant and fluctuates. It is another fragile social construct that a cataclysmic asteroid or a massive human conflict could literally extinguish in a microsecond, we would be absent of resistance, like the U.S. military armed with new aged flamethrowers set out to conquer a common ant hill. A lot of people are superficial with their perceptions of others, often negating the monolithic composition of a human and viewing them to be lesser life forms. All too often it’s on matters someone has no control over like their cognitive capacity.
The animalistic factors we carry forth, which have a tendency to be biologically repulsive, are altogether suppressed, making immense strides to keep it out of mind. Buried under a mountain of illusions, character armor. We don’t like to acknowledge our inherent animal attributes. They make people feel insignificant and tainted. We humans have such a desperate desire to be divine and significant. Insignificance is another highly prominent insecurity within modern society. That’s why so many turn to various indoctrination systems varying from politics, pseudo sciences, spirituality, and religion. They offer significance and purpose, which many of these ideologies are just widely accepted delusions that they’ve adopted to cope with the egregious potential of biological existence and to be aligned with these social spheres to enhance their survival. One more highly prominent insecurity that could be examined readily was on the internet and that was intelligence. So many are desperate to be seen as intelligent or superior to their peers especially in politics or anything that requires debate. They have to make it known to the herd that they know things too and don’t want to be seen as expendable, which often amounts to an inflated superiority complex. Social media forces people to make their alliance known and have to in order to deter suspicion from being allied with a particular group’s opposition or to sustain an ideological status. Many are culturally conditioned to be fearful or insecure of those endowed with true intelligence due to them being a threat via competition for both job occupations, which is linked to survival prospects and they’re also strong competition for sexual partners.
Arthur Schopenhauer, book: Studies of Pessimism, chapter 2. “The scenes in our life resemble pictures in a rough mosaic; they are ineffective from close up and have to be viewed from a distance if they are to seem beautiful. That is why to attain something desired is to discover how vain it is; and why, though we live all our lives in expectation of better things, we often at the same time long regretfully for what is past. The present, on the other hand, is regarded as something quite temporary, something to be put up with and serving as the only road to our goal. That is why most men discover when they look back on their life that they have been living the whole time at interim and are surprised to see that what they let go by so Un-regarded and unenjoyed was precisely their life, was precisely that in expectation of which they lived.“ We look back on our past with rose colored glasses most often. Shackled by bias, altogether forgetting about the little trivial matters that eat away at us daily and remember only delusional fragments of what once was. We attach ourselves to these delusions and let them be our defining factors in social affairs.
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