Monday, April 7, 2014

The Real World Isn't Ours

            Honestly, there is one line in all this Earth that really just pisses me the F@#$ off, and that line is "Grow up and join the real world." Of course, we have all heard of this line and all that entails it in referring to joining the work force or joining society in a socially acceptable way. However, the main problem I have with that statement is that society isn't the real world. The real world may contain society, but society is far from the idea of the real world. Society is merely a construction.
            Society was constructed to help us against the "real world." More humans forming together to aid against the threats of reality, namely the threats that faced these early men and women, namely under population, predators and the ever present threat of death. It is through these means that we formed and constructed cities and thus the idea of society (a bit oversimplified, but I digress). The ideas that pushes the society thus become the real world. The job, school, and various other activities that are required for the adults of the society become the most important things for these humans and thus if they try to avoid these activities is thus not contributing to the society thus, not contributing to the simulacra of the real world.
            Some may say that "society is man's way of living in the real world and surviving." However, at this point, society itself has over-encroached on the real world and thus has stolen away what most people think about when discussing the real world. They think of what man and women do, rather than looking at the world as a whole and realizing that we are merely a part of the real world. The buildings and the people may be real, but what they stand for and what they actually mean are merely constructions crafted from years and centuries of social construction.
            The best examples that I could possibly think up is the concept of money and of cultural standards. To keep it brief, money is and always was worthless. Money isn't based on anything that exists in the "real," because its worth is given to it by us. We give a five dollar bill meaning when we put it into the context of purchasing actual goods. If taken out of our society, money would soon be replaced by something else. My favorite example of this is in the video game Fall Out 3, in which people run around the wasteland purchasing things that are required (food, guns and radiation cures) with bottle caps. It's a bit funny to think about, but the ideas remain, both the bottle caps and the paper money (or even gold) have the exact amount of worth, nothing.
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            Cultural standards itself, is self explanatory. We as a society craft and delegate what we all should be. The society constructs the person, and honestly for the most part, it's horrible. Women were suppose to be docile, passive and virginal, while men were suppose to be war mongers and heroic, and honestly if we got every standard from every nation in this post, we would be here for centuries. The big point here is this. Society constructed you, no matter who you are. A false thing that was suppose to help you survive constructed who you are as a person and they are not letting you go.

            In the end, we are surrounded by the false. This whole class is a false thing looking deeply into other false things. I just wanted to give you guys something to think about when looking at the next false thing that we look at, mostly just to make you question how much of your own life is merely a lie. 

1 comment:

  1. I am intrigued by the intensity of your anger here! Like you want to take all of society on Oprah and shame it for being fraudulent, just like she did to James Frey! :) I totally agree with you on much of this, but my tone might be more playful and postmodern, rather than melancholic and mourning. I might suggest that the constructed world is as close to the "real" as we can come. So even though it is not authentic in the way that it bills itself to be, its repercussions are real, and we experience it as real. Do we have to wake up from the lie, or is it rather that seeing the world as constructed can empower us to manipulate it in ways that we wouldn't be able to if it were real, natural, stable, unchanging?

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