What Makes Some People Tick? Why is Society Teetering on the Edge?

Peter B. GiblettStarred Page By Peter B. Giblett, 29th Apr 2015 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/404kntta/
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Why does it seem as if society teetering on the edge of catastrophe? Reason and logic are taking a backward step while frustration, depravity, and despair seen to be leading and guiding all too many people. The state of the economy, bumbling from one recession to another has a large proportion of the blame.

Ticking Bomb?

Right from the time when you are a little child till the last day of your life we humans understand that we are more than simple biological beings, we gain a realisation that we have complex brains, build language, communicate like no other creature on earth, yet there are times when we humans fail in a big way, something breaks and it all goes wrong, leaving people to question why. We are more aware of ourselves and the impact of our actions than any other creature on this planet, yet some people must be broken in order to do the things that they do.

Look at the papers for the latest school killing, the serial killing, the kidnapping, the act of terrorism and it seems as if they were committed by a person who fitted right into the neighbourhood they live in, normal everyday places where you and I live. Worse still there are many governments, officials, community leaders, religious leaders that are leading their followers along the path of doom, orchestrating 'faith' based acts that are taking mankind backwards in terms of thinking and reasoning and nobody stops to ask why.

What Drives People?

There seem to be some clear rules that drive the lives of many people:

  • They have many thoughts but don’t think much.
  • Conformity and normality.
  • Most care only about themselves.
  • Many are motivated by selfish altruism.

It is true that the vast majority of people go about their daily lives, living like an automaton, they drive to work, sit at their workstation, perform their part of the process, have lunch at their fixed time, work again, then go home before a night in front of the TV, just as if they are programmed to take these steps. Truth is there is very little thinking involved and you have to question whether for most their brains simply stopped functioning from the sheer boredom of it all. It also explains why conformity is normality because it gets the bills paid and allows them to go out to the bar on a Saturday night, then think they are enjoying Sunday night watching the Stanley Cup play-offs, before starting the whole week all over again.

It cannot be denied that the majority of people care simply about themselves, and note I said "themselves", not their family, which seems to have been left off the agenda, spouses and children are dragged along, if they don't like it tough! To say all behaviour is strictly selfish is incorrect, that fails to account for our acts of charity and general ethical approach to life, yet even here there is the selfish altruistic person who does nice things as a way to get what they want, the person who does charity work to enhance his career prospects, he is not interested in sick kids, just what they can do for him.

Fallen into the Trap

Much of the words to the previous section were harsh, deliberately so, and we all distinguish ourselves from such behaviour, but truth is most of us have ventured down those paths to some extent at some point in our lives and it is so simple to fall into this trap at some point in our lives and truth is it allows others to control the actions that we take. The terrorist, the person who shoots unarmed children in their school-yard are all unthinking, egomaniacs thinking of themselves above all others, but they did not start out this way. They have traversed the path to the fullest extent believing either the righteousness of their own desires or how it will make them special in the minds of others, they have fallen into the trap of depravity and despair.

Thankfully the majority of non-thinking people never reach this point but you have to wonder, what triggers could cause such future actions.

In part society has gone through periods where, for normal people, for kids leaving school, facing no future except a dead-end job and when someone or something provides a chance to break the monotony of it all it seems such an easy choice to make, do nothing for the rest of your life or make a difference (in a sad and twisted way). Why does a school kid travel half way around the world to join a gang he knows nothing about, who speak a language he does not understand, follow a religion he knows nothing of, then fight for them and kill for them, strapping on an explosive vest and walking into a crowded shopping mall before pulling the rip cord to kill hundreds. There is no direct path to Heaven, this isn't a matter of righteousness its a matter of a broken mind, broken because of the hopelessness of their home lives and thinking this to be a better life, but all they bring is continued hopelessness and despair - a self fuelling cycle of horror.

Not Everything is Dark and Foreboding

I am not talking about this as a psychologist, although I have met a few while working in the publishing world, I am looking at this as a concerned citizen, horrified by the way our world seems to be falling apart and the leaders seem to be able to do nothing to stop the tide of horror. Killers and in particular serial killers have existed throughout history despite the suggestion that the modern serial killer started under the reign of Jack the Ripper in Whitehall in the 1880s there have been serial killers since the day of the Roman Empire and there have been as many women committing such acts as men - since 1800 the frequency of such acts (or perhaps the recording of them) has been on the rise.

Is one of the kickbacks of the modern world the many acts based on depravity of the human mind we see around the world?

Not everything is dark and foreboding, thankfully the majority of people, even those suffering from many of the conditions highlighted above simply work through their problems or are no more than a minor irritation to society, yet the truth is society seems to fail to address the root cause of deprivation and depression, nothing is done about resolving abject poverty from which millions suffer even in the western world, it is estimated that as many as 45 million Americans live below the poverty line and as many as 3.5 million are homeless - the same as the population of Albania. Truth is the homeless and helpless will not be reading this and understanding the root cause of why they are trapped, they simply go from one crisis to another and largely they are unable to do anything about their situation.

Addressing poverty and providing hope have to be the keys to the future, yet today the key feature of our society seems to be the leap from one recession to the next.

Image Credits

  • Ticking bomb by legalfutures.co.uk
  • Kill the bad guy from article.wn.com
  • Nigeria Shopping mall Bomb by theepochtimes.com
  • Poverty in America by the Huffington Post

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author avatar Retired
30th Apr 2015 (#)

I like your concept of "selfish altruism". I was long ago turned off Christianity by the idea that the reason why you need to perform good deeds is so that you will go to Heaven when you die. Can't people do good deeds simply because it is morally right so to do?

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author avatar Peter B. Giblett
30th Apr 2015 (#)

John, being brought up as an atheist I was taught at an early age to beware of those who seek to perform deeds of charity as their method of taking the path to Heaven, because their charitable deeds had nothing to do with being morally right. It took many years to learn this lesson.

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author avatar Mark Gordon Brown
30th Apr 2015 (#)

My wife would tell you it is because of human overpopulation, and the lack of compassion for others that is linked to living in an overpopulated world.

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author avatar Peter B. Giblett
30th Apr 2015 (#)

Mark, certainly having an overpopulated world has something to do with it, but that alone is not the sole source of responsibility.

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author avatar Sherri Granato
30th Apr 2015 (#)

It is true. People are becoming more and more programmed. No one takes the lemonade lane anymore. Everything is fast, without much thought of how it can hurt others, and money is always on the brain.

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author avatar Sherri Granato
30th Apr 2015 (#)

Congrats on your star page!

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author avatar Peter B. Giblett
30th Apr 2015 (#)

Not sure I know what the lemonade lane is but I see you agree for many conformity is normality.

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author avatar Retired
1st May 2015 (#)

It looks pretty hopeless, doesn't it? There is one group that believes people should be encouraged to be all they can be, and another group that makes pathways for people to be the least they can be. We have succumbed to the controlling powers that have led us down that latter pathway.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
1st May 2015 (#)

I too ponder over this topic. Intolerance has been a hallmark of our existence right through history, but now we have accumulated nuclear warheads; it is only a matter of time before they fall into "wrong hands" - I do not know which are the "right hands', they should be obviously the hypocrites among us!

North Korea is having twenty war heads and that has made their benefactor China worried. Pakistan has more than hundred and most there are on empty stomachs! India spends more on importing cutting edge technology than for the basics.

Obviously, these are paths that we have taken to spite others. We will never learn, and to think God is there to welcome us with an embrace! siva

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author avatar Peter B. Giblett
1st May 2015 (#)

To a large extent any government that desires such weapons means they are in the wrong hands, but even if they were to all be destroyed we are capable of building an arsenal of such weapons from scratch in 2 weeks.

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author avatar snerfu
1st May 2015 (#)

Too much power and money in the hands of too few makes the society teeter I think. And what makes people behave in such an odd and uncivilized manner? Because, as you rightly pointed out, they have gone over the edge...crossed the line that defines sanity from hooliganism, gentlemanly behavior from egotism, privilege from power, the list could go on all day. And yet as Siva tells "...there is a God waiting for us..." and that compensates for all the wrong that goes on.Nice thought provoking article you have there.

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author avatar Peter B. Giblett
1st May 2015 (#)

You are right Snerfu that the imbalance of power is a major part of the problem. I do not believe there to be a god waiting to save us, we need to do that ourselves, but even if there is a god it is still our duty to save ourselves.

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author avatar Nancy Austin
4th May 2015 (#)

When we let people out of the box we see a reduction of stress.

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author avatar Peter B. Giblett
4th May 2015 (#)

Thank you Nancy

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author avatar Nancy Austin
4th May 2015 (#)

No problem.

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author avatar Retired
8th May 2015 (#)

Provocative write. It did make me think about something. Nothing comes from something. Comments were fantastic too.

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author avatar Peter B. Giblett
8th May 2015 (#)

Thanks Charlie

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