Society and Morality: An Essay on their Connection (Part 4)
So, as said above, the growth of one requires the growth of both, our emphasis on individual transformation makes sense because that is what we are currently lacking and that is why current transformations of society are superficial or not very long lasting. But how do we start? Where do we begin? Even with the realization that personal and moral lives of individuals go hand in hand with the growth of society, the problem is how do we go about making this realization into actualization? Since it is all well and good to think about it but the more urgent matter is what can we do about it? The most sensible path is to fulfill what is currently lacking and we can go on from there. As we said earlier, what is lacking is the emphasis on individual transformation so our course of action is to place more emphasis on individual transformation. So this part of the essay will be dedicated to the beginning of individual transformation. As much as we can, at each stage, we would not just assert but also provide the reasoning why we think a certain course of action is apt. We want to make our thought processes as transparent as possible. The first thing that is needed to be done is there need to be a shift of some sort. What kind of shift it is we will discuss later.
First, however, we believe that there is no major dispute to the fact that a transformation or change is needed. The way in which things operate and how things are, etc. are not satisfying, at the very least. We have to accept them out of necessity, we feel like, but we would change the way things are if we could. The problem here, for us, is the attitude about transformation and change is taken to be external. What we mean by that is the expectation about what needed change is outside and is not connected to what occurs internally within us. Furthermore, the current message seems to be even more extreme, where we are encouraged to adopt this delusional and total “self-embracing” ideology. What is wrong is the world around us and not ourselves. We are unquestionably perfect and good. Nonetheless, the point here is in certain cases where the discussion is about body image, sexuality, race, etc. the message of embracement is beneficial and positive. There is no denial that we need that sense of self worth in order to live a good life. But that sense of self-worth cannot be too extreme to the point it becomes an obstacle to our capacity of self-awareness. The lesser case is we are aware that there are internal issues but, once again, we are told that to solve the internal issues, what one could do is to resolve them externally and it goes with pretty much everything. So if someone who feels like he is not well-respected, what he then do is to do something externally, be really good at sports or become wealthy, in order to earn that respect. Or if someone who is constantly restless and worried, she is then directed to the nearest doctor so she could get her prescriptions and so on and so on. We are not saying that every possible issue is an internal one but we do not have the ability to differentiate which issue is external and which is external. When approach an issue, we either think that the problem itself is external or the problem “seems” to be internal but, in actuality, it is external in its nature and in its solution. That is why, we believe, that people often feel helpless or, even worse, a sense of constant threat but not quite sure why.