A Synthesis Of Society
Everyone wants to fit in.
Everyone wants to be accepted and appreciated by others.
Everyone makes up and contributes to society, which inevitably and involuntarily produces social policies and norms that are considered acceptable and normal.
Society is led primarily by people with strong convictions, unafraid to speak their mind and opinion and widely influential to others via a myriad of methods, whether it be ethical or not. These leaders pave way to societal shifts and popular opinion. The rest of society, those generally more insecure, ready to hop on the bandwagon to fit in, solidify social norms and popular opinion. To further concrete social policies, individuals in society condemn dissent, and when the mass of society agrees, social validation ensues and the cycle continues.
Society ultimately encourages conservative opinion and discourages radical opinion.
However, the youth generation defies this concept.
Born into the world with purity of thought, unblemished by the social constructions built by past generations nearly impossible to tear down, the youth generation is always more open to new ideas because the social constructs of society haven’t yet been fully established in their generation.
Their open-mindedness and increased susceptibility to risk-taking actions — a biological, evolutionary mechanic built into teenage brains — allow new and creative ideas churned out to have much higher chances of being accepted into society with every youth generation, as long as they’re generally logically sound, or manipulated to seem so. Thus, explaining the global trend of radical thought at young age, gradually shifting to increasingly conservative thought at old age.
Ultimately, everyone has an unavoidable psychological dependency on the opinions of others, but the degree of which you allow yourself to be influenced by others determines who you are.
So, I ask you, are you a leader, or are you a follower?