Is social congruence reality or utopia?
#Philosophy is packed with dichotomies. A good example is logic vs. common sense. Even though we might understand the obvious in a particular situation (common sense), we might still not understand the details of its mechanics (logic). The universe is full of patterns, often defined by what we call laws of nature. Is contemporary society designed to dance with the natural flow of the universe?
Many statements made in history by great minds are still considered simply that, statements. For something to become a law of nature, a little more than common sense is needed. Evidence, data, mathematics. Stephen Hawking, when talking about the rule of law, states in his book The Grand Design (2017, p. 40): “Our observations of the world tell us that there are no gold spheres larger than a mile wide, and we can be pretty confident there never will be. Still, we have no reason to believe that there couldn’t be one, and so the statement [by John W. Carrol ‘All gold spheres are less than a mile in diameter’] is not considered a law.”
Truth is, not all clever thoughts become scientific laws. Similarly, not all good ideas in our global society become legislations. Our common sense is telling us that the system isn’t working for everyone. It is telling us that there is inequality, imbalanced economics, and supporting evidence (both, qualitative and quantitative) to prove that a better framework could be achieved.
The online newspaper EXPRESS from the United Kingdom, published an article in April, 2016 exposing the statistics about work-related rates of anxiety, depression and stress. “Last year alone a record 17 million working days were lost, costing the economy at least £2.4billion, according to the UK Statistics Authority. Figures taken from the Labour Force Survey show that such absenteeism has increased by 25 per cent over the past year. This compares with 13.6 million days lost in 2014 and 15.2 million days during 2013”. A glitch of the system. An identified pattern that illustrates the way system routines and entire mainstream societal lifestyles can go against the natural flow that comes with individuality. [Read Article]
It is impossible to assume that people will feel like doing the same thing at the same time on different days. We hear politicians all around the world talking about the economy and how bringing more jobs is the solution; however, what do you say to those who are stuck in a job that doesn’t fulfil them? Indeed, we need to continue to push psychology into politics if we truly want to achieve a society where congruence is achievable. We are entering a period where new generations will see revolution as “mainstream activity”.
As we begin exploring human nature, we realise that this system is made for those who can operate the way machines do; without complaints, with a willingness to invest all their time in another person’s dream rather than their own. Robot-like humans are afraid of change, and often overlook their own dissatisfaction until a crisis manifests. This is why instead of seeing economy as the priority, we need to focus on humanity, and on creating new opportunities for those who face the zero sum game created by corporations.