With another Summer upon us, and with us in Colorado, I wish we were next in the line of the few states that recognize gay marriage, I have been thinking about how pretty much everything we do and think as individuals is dictated by the larger society… or more particularly, by various entities within our society. Every single day we encounter the seemingly mundane. We read signs. We do what they say. It came to a point long ago where we no longer even question what the man asks us or tells us what to do. We never consider that there could be another way to do things in place of custom, tradition, and prescribed societal more. I am not sure that we have, in any of our lifetimes, truly questioned or considered on a large enough scale to be truly meaningful.
To be clear, I am not even talking about laws. Although I am comfortable with the opinions expressed in certain circles, extending to laws, they are not the target at hand. The laws of man would have been conceived one way or another, which most likely would have been non-rehabilitating regardless. I am speaking of the things that we are not required to do that we follow along with any way, some harmful, some seemingly innocent. I am also referring to the notions that we embrace as simply the way it is when, in reality, someone else devised the paradigm to be taken simply as the way it is.
Recognize that this might be a symptom of the existential dilemma I just cannot get past, but sneaking suspicion tells me my questioning of life as we live it has broader meaning.
I was in Whole Foods a few weeks ago. They are pretty big on framing themselves as this environmentally conscious company. They encourage you to buy reusable bags and really evidence of their push to be perceived as ‘green’ comes at every turn in their store as well as in their external marketing efforts. Simply put, it’s all bull shit. Whole Foods has created a perception in society that they are the green grocery store… the healthy and superior choice. They allow this brand to extend – and the ensuing definition of who they are and what they stand for – as far as they are comfortable with it extending.
Elaboration? A verbal specimen? Okay…
Why does Whole Foods have a Produce Department? Well, Based on the various messages on display throughout their store, one would think they would be staunchly against the notion of a supermarket produce department where goods sit on trucks for days and often come in from locations hundreds or even thousands of miles away from a particular ‘store’ location. Also that the particular ‘store’ location of some sort does come perceived as awful, unhealthy, and frankly WAY underneath of Whole Foods. If logic prevailed, one could consider Whole Foods genuine and consistent if they only stocked produce that one could not get at a local farmers market at a given time of the year. As opposed to seeing bins full of fruits and vegetables, when you walk into a Whole Foods store, you would see a few items not available at your local farmers market along with information directing you to their location and days/hours of operation. But, of course, such an approach would hurt the business model of Whole Foods, which both generated and encompasses their green message.
Yet, so many of us, pony tails firmly cinching our dirty hair up, wearing Birkenstocks, and hopefully a peace sign located somewhere on themselves- if not just in mind, feel good about shopping at Whole Foods. We buy our produce there. We eat up their bull shit. We conform to the message they are sending our way without a thought, let alone a critical eye.
A Programmed Society/Deprogramming Society
Surely, I could do a hub a day (and maybe I will… or not) providing other examples. Political ones like gay marriage, abortion, prostitution – which follows little more than the right winged religious dogma and carried-on traditional “morals”. I mean, many only feel a bit weird when we think of two guys kissing because some have been programmed to feel this way. It’s tough to escape, even if you are a self-proclaimed ‘tolerant’ of some-sort. And less significant ones like giving kids candy on Easter as opposed to breaking ranks and doing something different and healthier.
I wish there was a way to de-program society!! Sort of like deprogramming cult members or sucking the addiction out of an addict’s body (I know people try to do this). To take us all back to state where we have no preconceived notions, and when someone tries to hoist one on us, we question the living shit out of it. We end up ultimately rejecting it, as a truly thoughtful society should.
I know what I am calling for. A new community, society, A Revolution! Whatever is the state of nature probably does not, or at least will not allow for it. Most likely, it is a form of anarchy where there are no rules, no laws, no codes, and community standards that are based on well, the justly put and correct, as opposed to the predefined structures given to us by religion, politics, and our parents and their parents and their parents and their parents…
So, now go do what needs to be done. Go against what we are told we should believe in- killing homosexuals, outlawing birth control, still believing in bullshit propaganda. Advertisements, magazines, make-up and what we’re still supposed to look like, feel like, BE like. Get up Stand up! Stand up for what is just, correct, and right!