Many of us have seen office politics in many different forms, and also the social groups that conform to a dynamic set of established spoken and unspoken rules or behaviors. A large factor contributing to the dominant social constructs in these groups are in my opinion resulting from the personalities and ego’s managing these units within their own personal belief systems and their experience levels of the world at large.
This experience comes contextually in many different forms such as; maturation, education , intellect, morals, upbringing and thoughtfulness. In addition, people must use a logic to process the information along with their own conditioning or “life training.” Whichever logical arguments are used in their account of the world, the only other attribute to posit into this behavioral equation are the unknown random factors in human behavior that are unpredictable and that we cannot always control. Examples of these unknown factors originate from and are embedded into our own personal coping skills, our existing attitudes, and our emotional responsiveness to moral situations.
In all of the associations I have observed or have taken part in, many of the members in these groups of individuals have displayed a need for the social networking they are part of. My observations of these groups of individuals has convinced me we are a people that easily give up our principles in order to advance in the sociopolitical hierarchy that often tends to be the flavor of the month. Of course there are those cases of individuals that do not participate in such a vigor that many of their peers do within these groups. As Mark Twain puts it…“It is our nature to conform; it is a force which not many can successfully resist. What is its seat? The inborn requirement of self-approval.”
The corruption of our moral behavior is rampant in the sociological systems surrounding us. History is full of approaches to counteract this age old problem. The masses are not well equipped to deal with these matters since we all at times negotiate the sacrifice’s we make, and we endure such occurrences in order to keep the status quo. Some of us simply just chalk it up and exclaim “Cést La Vie!” We hear all about scandals on the news, see it in our lives, hear it from our friends and yet we still cannot seem to evade the prevalence of this reality. This is largely due to our neglect of confrontation and skill to resolve such matters. If one can change anything, then one should start from within and change their perspectives. But where does it end? Is it just an enigmatic part of the quintessential life? Do we do nothing and let things continue as they are, or do we stand up and resist?
Leadership begins with the self, then the home, then the town, then the province, then the city, then the state, then the country, then the hemisphere, ad infinitum. Does this influence our personal bearing as we meet the world? I suggest we create our own reality that incorporates the will to overcome inequity where ever it may exist. I do not purport a utopian society, but rather to develop an individual philosophy that demonstrates the golden rule. Despite the common natures of others, we must give them an example of just how one can behave. The most powerful dynamic in all relationships for the most part are forged on trust.
Silence in the presence of evil is a form of non-verbal approval. We have become a culture of silent conformists. The state of the union now is under attack from within our own government, yet we (in general), do not take notice and participate in the dismantling of these corrupted social systems.
To borrow from the author Graham Hancock; we are a species with amnesia. His point was regarding another topic altogether, but I think it is quite relevant to the current topic. What did the children of Nazi Germany ask of their fathers when the regime of the Third Reich was upon them. Did they ask what did you do to prevent the tyranny that befell the world? Don’t be caught up in the fear mongering. Do something! In our everyday lives, we must rise out of this mindset and prepare for the bigger picture.
On a national scale our civil liberties, Bill of Rights, Constitution, and freedoms are being plundered at an exponential rate, yet we do nothing about it as a culture. This is also happening all around the world as well. A seize upon our freedoms from our government is upon the people of the United States and abroad from those in power. The controlling masters who own the banks, are manipulating the markets. Those who own the media, tell us what to think, and believe, and those who participate in this dilemma contribute to the enslavement of all of us.
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