Who We Are?
Some experts assert that who we are is a result of nurture, the relationships, family, and caring that surround us. Others argue that who we are is based entirely on genetics. According to this belief, our temperaments, interests, and talents are set before birth. From this perspective, then, who we depend on nature. Isn’t?
Society Is Prison
We live in a world that revolves around money and power, and these are both key components in our way of distracting ourselves from the truth about society. We’ve developed a sort of schizophrenia where we’re both the prisoner and the prisoner-guard in a prisoner camp. The prisoner in us ponders about another life, “surely there must be more to life than the cycle of education, work and reproducing”, but the prisoner-guard hinder us from ever taking that one step out of the camp. The guard takes pride in what he’s built up over the years, and how “well” it’s going, and therefore won’t let the prisoner leave.
Society, not just schools anymore, is becoming modeled after the prison culture. (Imagine) most are inmates, a few are guards (who fare little better than inmates), and only one or two, wardens, can claim autonomy over their affairs. Inmates know guards have families to feed, and that the paycheque often comes at their expense. Guards know inmates deserve better from the society they owe a debt to, but to protest policies could lead to loss of pay or worse. Each one works daily to bend rules and cut schemes. Each one is aware of the other’s needs. Each one has, more or less, abandoned hope for a transformed society.
This makes us incapable of ever leaving the prison camp. Who wants to make the choice? Choice of your life, who wants to cross the barriers of prison surrounded us? The answer should be enlightened in you. Start…
We Never Know Who We Are, Only Who We’ve Been
We often think of ourselves based on what we said, how we acted, or what we thought. That’s not who we are, that’s who we were.
Don’t beat yourself up if you made a mistake, that’s not who you are. You’re always able to do better next time.
Are We Social Media Prisoners?
We have all been in situations where we are lying awake late at night with nothing to do or avoiding that preparation for an exam or job assignments. Some would preferably read a book, some would watch tv shows but in all honestly, most people would rather be on their phones reading about the next trend; the latest celebrity gossip; looking through an influencers’ social media profile or simply just scrolling through their feed that is being endorsed by someone else who cannot sleep or do assignments. Does that make us social media prisoners?
Social media can be used for a lot of positive things like communicating with friends and family that are miles away from us, generating money, and empowering the youth and everyone around the world just to name a few, but it can equally be negative. Cyber-bullying is one of the biggest crimes today and with the amount of time we spend on these platforms, it is easy to get our privacy violated. Social media is taking up most of our time that could have been spent with family and on lost opportunities.
Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and WhatsApp can either build or break one’s self-confidence, all one has to do is post a picture or even give their opinion about something- anything. Some people might say that they don’t care what people have to say about them but most are affected by all the negative comments made about them which have an effect on their psychological well being and the same applies to the direct opposite.
I think it’s safe to say that social media platforms can be both positive and negative, it all depends on what you use it for and how you handle different situations. The question ‘Are We Social Media Prisoners’? is for oneself and we all have asked this to ourselves.
Our Society Is Turning Into One Giant Prison
The more society drifts toward a partitioned and prisoned sensibility, the less chance the people have at any existence worthy of the title “human.” It’s time for true “revolution of values,” as King called for almost 50 years ago. Only a few today relish this current mode that has made life intolerably burdensome and even tyrannous to most.