The Hypocrisy of Society

I’ve spoken about this topic before, on my old blog, but I wanted to reiterate some of those points here, because I feel as if I’ve had more time to ponder over this topic and develop my thoughts concerning it.

0000000000000000000000000000000001There is no denying that there are many rules, regulations and conformities put in place by society. There’s also no denying that a lot of these conformities lack logic. As a society, we are beginning to contradict ourselves: “it’s important to be yourself but, no, not quite like that.” Or maybe this isn’t a new concept – maybe society has always existed as a paradox.

But rather than delve deeper into the analysis of the historical ways and conformities of society, I’d rather discuss the thing that confuses me in perhaps most depth: the minority is no longer the minority.

Almost everyone I know seems to settle on the concept of society being a corrupt machine, governed by capitalistic conventions and unrealistic expectations, as if they are detaching themselves from this aggregate. My point being is that we are the people who make up society. If it’s the majority of society who oppose to the ways of society, why are things not changing?

You’ll hear people blame society for the inconveniences within their lives – the unrealistic expectations so commonly accepted and the negative labels attached to people regardless of their actions – but those people are part of what makes up this society that they despise. We blame society but we are society.

If the majority of people truly hate the construction and effects of our society, then why isn’t it changing? Why are we seemingly moving backwards or staying stationary, at the very least, rather than using our collective intelligence to evolve?

Ironically, it appears as if the hatred of society has become a character trait that people force themselves to adopt because it’s deemed socially acceptable. Not in each case, of course, but there are people who state that “imperfections are what make you perfect” but still shred people to pieces because of the tiniest “imperfection” they have. More often that not, these are the very people complaining about this sort of social hypocrisy.

What’s more is that we live in an emotionally broken society. We are unable to get to grips on this world that is evolving in which heterosexuality is not expected and the colour of your skin does not separate or define you. We live in a world that is a paradox containing smaller paradoxes in which something that is considered beautiful in one part of the world is considered anything but beautiful in another. Likewise, what we consider to be “trendy” in terms of fashion will not long be out of trend. It begs the question, why bother trying to fit in with such trends and abide to such absurd conformities when we live in a world that is changing its perceptions by the day? Surely it’s more honest, and easier, to stay true to yourself and forget society’s obsession with trying to imitate the models in the magazines so that we don’t forget who we are.

“To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.” –  Ralph Waldo Emerson

The contradictions that lace our every day lives are nonsensical, to say the least, yet we accept them because we are told by the rest of society that we can. We are victims to that which we consume and we are manipulated and controlled by the people who run our society because they do so in a way that makes us believe that we have the choice.

tumblr_lrms0pymiz1qmmzzko1_500I recently spoke about the damaging affects that the media, in particular, has on the self-confidence of society because of the beauty ideal that it portrays. The sad truth is that we live in a world where one half are starving and the other half are trying to lose weight, and this is because of the twisted, self-obsessed ideologies that we consume and adopt. This society – our society – is corrupt. We, as a collective group, are corrupt.

With this post, I’m calling all of the people who truly want to make a change within our society. I’m calling those who recongnise the corruption in that of objecting to women breast-feeding in public yet supporting and consuming in the dozens of hyper-sexualised magazine covers in which women are objectified and the beauty ideal is fabricated. I’m calling those who disagree with the conventions of the patriarchal society and those who believe that stereotypes should be removed, a man should not be forced to adopt a masculine position, or that equal rights should be something to be expected. I am calling you and I am asking, when will these absurdities stop and shall you be the ones to stop it?


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37 thoughts on “The Hypocrisy of Society”

  1. This is really well written SJ. I agree with you- we complain and demand change all the time, yet seem unwilling to change and in the long run, we remain quite passive. I think there’s a tendency for us to want to blame the world for our problems. And we contradict ourselves all the time, you’re completely right about that!

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    1. Thank you very much. I definitely agree. It would be wrong of me to suggest that sometimes I don’t fall victim to these tendencies, either, but I am more than aware of my hypocrisy and passive attitude in doing so.

      Thanks for stopping by.


  2. A very well written article. I just love the way you think. We are the society and it’s us who have defined those boundaries and rules that are totally illogical. Yet we complain. We should always maintain our individuality and uniqueness. If we don’t agree with those conventional ideas set by the society, I think we should be brave enough to follow our heart. Yes, it’s a thought provoking post!! Keep writing such awesome stuffs!

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    1. Thank you very much.

      Precisely my point. It’s always a sorry state of affairs to see someone losing their identity, and I personally think that we all sometimes fall victim to the conventions we, as society, have defined.

      Thank you very much, and thanks for stopping by!

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  3. It’s absolutely true! Many of us have lost identity instead of just being ourselves. We try to do something that is percieved to be the ‘right way’ even though it’s not really who we are. In social media for example, we can be whoever we want to be, by using whatever filters or posting only good stuff. An interesting topic indeed 😉

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    1. I definitely agree. There’s a quote I love that reads, do you remember who you are before society changed you? I think that’s an interesting question in its self.

      Thank you for stopping by. 🙂

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  4. Interesting post. I feel as a white women it is easier for me change my society than it is for others. But what might work for me won’t work for everyone. Thanks for making me think a little deeper today.

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    1. I definitely agree. Also as a white woman, there’s no denying that I have the privileges that certain other demographics might not have and I have it easier as I am offered the choice of changing my own life, a freedom that some others may not be granted – or, at least, to the extent at which I am.

      Thank you for stopping by. I hope you enjoyed the post. 🙂


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