The Great Return

The homogenization of society across the globe, will only diminish the unique cultural, religious and ethnic identity of the various peoples that inhabit this earth. The trajectory that has been established by modernization, enabling the assimilation of traditional moores to give way to the lowest common denominater, will not lead to an amalgamation of society, wherein the individual components thereof retain their unique identity. Rather, the memetic sprawl of trends in cerebral correctness, shaped by the mainstream media outlets, social media, and the entertainment world, will diminish the uniqueness of individuality, in favor of the normative narrative.

One alternative to keep in mind is to return to the original idea of democracy, born of the age of reason, wherein we may be compelled to think for ourselves, rather than accept the standard version of reality being presented to us. Additionally, no amount of “cancel culture” efforts will lead to any kind of utopia. As King Solomon said, “There is no new thing under the sun” (Ecclesiastes 1:9). We have seen this before in times past; history has a way of repeating itself. “Those who cannot remember the past are doomed to repeat it” (George Santayana). Those who subjugate their own cognition to the ubiquitous fact checkers, censorship, and suppression of dissenting voices, will unknowingly permit themselves to be misled by the well established sources that they believe are the purveyors of objective truth.

Our lives can not be reset by the push of a button, nor may our souls achieve the spiritual growth necessary by yielding our thoughts to the normative narrative. Uniqueness, creativity, and individuality cannot exist in a vacuum of mediocrity, where everyone feels compelled to accept the herd mentality. “For evil to flourish, it only requires good men to do nothing” (Elie Wiesel). Yet, the passivity of men and women of good conscience who let their reasoning abilities fade into disuse, by absorbing uncritically, the perspective of the pundits, will undermine their own conscience.

This is a wake up call, before it is too late. Do not allow yourself to become entrenched in groupthink; rather, rethink your positions in life, especially if and when you realise that you may have only been parroting what you hear. Unless we check the “facts” for ourselves, the viewpoints that we claim to uphold will neither be truly ours, nor actually substantiated. Return to the quietness of your soul, wherein the still small voice will guide you. Strengthen your soul with the effort to listen to your inner conscience. May we be removed from darkness to light, from ignorance to truth, and from passivity to inquiry.

“The L-RD is my shepherd; I shall not want. He restoreth my soul; He guideth me in straight paths for His name’s sake.”

– Psalm 23:1,3, JPS 1917 Tanach

Author: Tzvi Fievel

My focus is on the synthesis of psychology, religion, and writing. I have undergraduate degrees in Psychology and English.

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