What do you guys think about the state of society in the present compared to the past?
It's something I've been thinking about lately. Our society has been far more open to promiscuity, sex, and drugs and previously taboo things in general, but what really caused this? Has it always been this way? Does /r9k/ think we're on the path to pic related?
Our society has been far more open to promiscuity, sex, and drugs and previously taboo things in general, but what really caused this?
>Has it always been this way?
>Does /r9k/ think we're on the path to pic related?
we're not grown in test tubes and labs yet, so no.
The state of society is the way it is because more and more people are being exposed to more and more variety. This allows us to slowly chip away our ignorant habits and look at the bigger picture.
I feel like there is too much apocalyptic discourse when talking about society and our future. It seems every generation always exclaims that "the end is near!" And of course it never really is. We face a lot of problems we will have to overcome, but we as a species always have. I see no reason why we can't overcome the challenges currently troubling us.
Sometimes I think that humanity is in a loop. Every time we get more open to sex, drugs and these sort of things, we tend to make a few steps back. It might not be through all of history but certain events show some kind of pattern. For example the hippie movement. They were pretty open to sex and drugs, but a few years later everything went back to something more normal.
My theory is that we are in a cultural loop.
But I could be wrong, of course.
The context in which promiscuity, sex and drugs are presented is important.
People are being told that boundless indulgence is okay, because it feels good.
I think the self control is much more important.
Without self control and free to indulge, people turn into pleasure obsessed morons without higher goals.
Even the desire for genuine human connection can be eroded by this powerful desire for pleasure. So one must be wary of this.
Maybe it is like Lenin's theory of development of history on a spiral.
But most people are fed pharmaceuticals that most of the times do not attack the cause of their problems.
Take for example wide consumption of pornography in young males, which in many has turned into a full blown addiction.
The addiction of this kind, working mainly on the dopamine system, has symptoms that are similar to depression, anhedonia.
Many of these guys report these exact symptoms.
And many others seek medical help and are put on antidepressants, while the cure for them would be to seek a true human connection and stop abusing the dopamine reward system in the privacy of their rooms.