The First Step Towards Social Injustice Is To Deny Your Individuality!
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We are familiar with a few ideological buzzwords such as Social justice, injustice, and liberty. We are programmed to create that illusion of an ideal image of brotherhood under the so-called "collective conscience" and then build our lives around them.
Once we establish our immaculate benchmarks in life, then spend the rest of our dashes defending them. We often even promote them to the rest of the world, hoping that we have created a set of norms to bring the encompassing society under a single well-defined profile.
In maintaining social justice, we fight any actions that we feel will infringe upon what we have concocted. We strive not to let the rest of the world marginalize our opportunities by being unjust.
The Mythic Collective Conscience We Sojourn Is Masochistic.
The road to creating a uniform social justice and upholding everyone to the same standards is a double-edged sword. We must always give up some individual rights to avoid social injustice. That is because almost all criteria applicable today are the past and present exertions of our forerunners' by-products. Even though we as individuals in modern society may or may not concede to all those pars.
But, How can you ensure social justice if you fail to be just to yourself?
What factors in social justice regarding the wealth distribution, options, and entitlement within a society. In most Western and Asian cultures, the image of social justice typically pertains to how every individual satisfies their obligation to the community in exchange for social rights, not individual rights.
In a society where the mainstream is orthodox sustaining social justice is not a formidable task. Such social norms are, in most parts, in line with the mean of their constituency. However, one can not concur the same in culturally diverse societies like modern western countries.
Collective consciousness in the modern sense is unorthodox, thus the mediator of the contrariness within us individuals. Such contradiction has utterly interceded through culture, religion, education, and our environment and vice versa.
Every second of our lives is riddled with half of us squabbling with our other part struggling to find the right balance. In a culturally diverse society, we fight to satisfy our rights while satisfying our social obligations that often clash with our other half. Or, We are individuals who resist adapting to "the inevitable collective shifts" of our community.
“Within a social sphere- with every free voice, too comes an unusual class of responsibility, as no free choice comes at the expense of others.” — Adam Tabriz, MD
What If We Did Not Have To Give Up Our Individuality
"The illusion of individualism helped us succeed as a species — but now the scales are tipping," said Tom Oliver (07 March 2020 at 19:53). The author in Science focus.
what if we could only get rid of our schizophrenic world?
Our individuality is fundamental to our success, not just as an independent entity but also in society. Social injustice is a general phenomenon without factoring in "absolute necessity." For instance, denying someone the right to an education is a social injustice. Nonetheless, what and how that education entails is a controversial topic.
Depending on our rights and ensuring personal justice will alleviate the inefficiencies in our lives that we confront daily in dealing with our opposing inner iniquity. Only then can we jointly link a coherent set of recollections from the past so we can commit better to our society.
We as individuals can pursue intricate social interactions and achieve taller social positions. With independent thinking, we surely bring social justice to the same level as individual justice by convincing others to work to help them and obtain fellows.
“Collectivist culture wields the social neuroscience to mold cognitive unseen potentials of the mainstream while curbing apparent autonomy of the soul.” — Adam Tabriz, MD
“A sense of self is necessary for important functions like reward prediction, highlighting how it only makes sense to plan for future success when you have a strong feeling that it’s going to be the same entity that gets the reward in the future.”
Metzinger speculates brain works hard to maintain the sense of a persistent individual identity across time. That sounds to me that fighting social injustice without self-identity is metaphorically speaking "masochist" unless we pursue social justice within the spectrum of self-awareness and individual liberty. In other words, raising social justice to the level of personal righteousness will only and solely demand upholding "the Golden Rule."