What is the creepiest thing that society accepts as a cultural norm?
What is the creepiest thing that society accepts as a cultural norm?. Do You Mr or Mrs has that kind of inquiry?, If yes then please read the good feedback below:
Involving children in societal protests.
The creepiest example I’ve seen lately was a family who sat down on a road blocking traffic in Berkeley as part of an “Occupy” protest. On the street with the adults were their small children and a baby.
I think of Gandhi and how he laid down in front of horses, basically willing to put his life on the line to show how much he cared about the British suppression and his hopes for the freedom of the people of India.
Were the Berkeley parents showing that they were willing to sacrifice their children? No. Rather they were taking advantage of the fact that in the US our level of civilization and empathy, their children were not truly at risk. They were stopping traffic by using the tactic that they could not conceive of anyone putting children at risk (except themselves?). But if there was no risk, what is the meaning of having the children there?
Similarly when children carry protest signs, signs protesting things that they certainly could not understand; what is the message? Did the children really determine that global warming will be harmful to their future (incidentally, I do think it will be), or are they simply acting on the authority of their parents? I have never been comfortable with people protesting because they believe in some authority, even if that authority is me. I have carried protest signs (actually, only when I was a student and it was one of the few recourses I had to influencing others) but only on issues that I could personally argue and defend. Much better was to go as a speaker to groups; I did that as a student in protest of the Vietnam war.
I believe that the power of a protest is made by the risk taken. Gandhi put his life at risk. So did the “Freedom Riders” during the civil rights protests of the 1960s. I got to know some of these people, since they helped organize our much less risky “Free Speech Movement” at Berkeley. All we really risked was expulsion and reduced career opportunities; this was an era when the House Committee on UnAmerican Activities was still powerful. My “risk” when I was arrested as part of those protests at Berkeley was not of the scale of them, or of Gandhi, but it wasn’t zero.
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